- Since she's five years old, she can only have five books out at a time.
- She chooses the books, but I have to approve. Some books have gotten re-shelved, because I said, "No."
- She can only have one of these books out at a time: Pinkalicious, Fancy Nancy, Curious George, and Berenstain Bears. I don't have anything against these books, but they are not high quality literature. I want my daughter to have a broad literary experience.
by Christie Matheson
If your child enjoys Press Here, they will like Tap the Magic Tree. It starts with a bare brown tree, but in order to turn each page, you need to perform an different actions (tapping, rubbing, touching, jiggling, etc). As pages are turned, the reader sees the changing throughout the spring, summer, fall, and winter. My daughter loved the interactivity throughout the whole book.
Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny
by Jan Thomas
Meet Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob. They rhyme all the time (except Bob). The big, mean dust bunny introduces himself. He's mean to Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob, until the cat comes and sits on the big, mean dust bunny. Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob tug him open and hug him. Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny is perfect for children who are learning about rhyming.
by Harriet Ziefert
This book was literally a God send. Last week, I saw that Charis's phonics lessons were introducing the short e, i, o, and u sounds, and I was not looking forward to her lessons. On Monday, she asked me to read Crab Cab to her. No problem. This book has words from the ot family, the ab family, and the it family. After reading this book, I thanked God for showing this book to my daughter. She was better able to understand the short i and o vowels. (We had already cover the short a sound in great detail.) Crab Cab is great for introducing children to rhyming and teaching children about various word families.
The Mitten String
by Jennifer Rosner
A Jewish folktale about Ruthie Tober and her family. The Tobers live on a sheep farm. Their sheep had the fluffiest wool in the region, and it was used to make mittens. One day, Ruthie's family saw a woman with a baby standing beside the road. The woman's wagon broke, and her husband had gone to get help. The Tobers invited the woman to spend the night. They learned that the baby's name was Aaron, and the mother's name was Bayla. Ruthie noticed that Bayla did not speak. Ruthie's mother explained that Bayla was deaf. Ruthie noticed that Bayla communicated with Aaron by using hand signs. If Aaron needed his mama during the night, how would she know? Ruthie saw blue yarn looped around Bayla's wrist, and it connected her to Aaron's arm. When Aaron started crying, his arms tugged Bayla and woke her up. Ruthie decided to knit a big mitten for Bayla and a small mitten for Aaron-with a string connecting both mittens together. That way, on cold nights, mama and baby's hands could remain warm. The Mitten String is wonderful for teaching compassion, kindness, and acceptance.
by Nikki McClure
My daughter was a little old for this book; it would be better suited for 2-4 year olds. But Apple was still excellent, especially since we learned about the life cycle of apple trees in kindergarten two weeks ago. On each double page, there is a single word with an illustration to match on the opposite page. The illustrations are simple: black, white, and red. This book would be good as a supplement to a unit on composting or gardening (especially apple trees).