It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date, and adapted by Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts with a children’s/YA focus. The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. These weekly roundups are a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers, share some of the titles you’ve been enjoying, and add to your ever-growing to-read list.
Well, I hope everyone had a good Easter weekend, or is still enjoying their weekend, if you’re lucky enough to get Monday off! I ended up working Saturday and Sunday, so no long weekend for me, but at least it was pretty calm and quiet in the library, which gave me plenty of time to browse the shelves in search of books to use in my upcoming programs. Here are a few of my favourites, a nice mix of old and new-to-me.
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Dog’s Colorful Day. Well, it’s not so much love-hate as it is love-fear. I really, really love this book. The premise is a lot of fun – as the white dog goes about his day, he gets dirty in all sorts of different ways. On each page he adds a different colored spot to his collection – an orange spot from orange juice, a purple spot from a marker, a red spot from some jam – until he finally has 10 spots! The text is simple and cumulative, and it introduces both colours and counting in such a fun, accessible way. The only problem I have with this book is its length, but even this is typically more of an issue in my mind than in practice. I sometimes worry that because it counts all the way up to ten, kids will get wiggly and impatient, but in all honesty this rarely ever happens. The kids typically get so invested in Dog and his colorful day that they happily follow along and count the spots again and again and again. So, by all means, ignore my worrying and give Dog’s Colorful Day a try with your preschoolers!
This sweet picture book is a lot of fun – a dog just wants to have a nap in his cozy bed, but he looks so cozy that all the animals want to join him! The bed gets more and more crowded, until finally, everything falls apart in dramatic fashion. Come to think of it, this is pretty much the exact same storyline as Move Over, Rover, which I also really enjoy using. I’m not the biggest fan of the text in So Cozy, but I love the premise and the adorable illustrations, so I often just simplify the text and make it more repetitive when I reading it aloud. Whenever possible I like to have repetitive refrains that allow children to participate in the storytelling, so if a book doesn’t really have one, I’ll often just make one up myself!
Jan Thomas is just storytime gold. Her texts are ridiculously simple, and typically feature the winning combination of a wacky character (or characters) played off against a straight man character (or characters) that audiences can relate to. It’s a classic comedic structure, and works brilliantly in picture book format, especially when paired with Thomas’ eye-catching illustrations, with their bright colours and bold black outlining. In this outing, Cow, Mouse and Pig are making soup together, but Pig has some unusual and very silly ideas about what ingredients should go into the pot. Kids will definitely be giggling along with this delightful little story.
Have a great week – especially if you’re lucky enough to have a short week, like me!! 🙂