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.
Did you catch my collection of picture books celebrating women in STEM earlier this week? You can find it here (you can go check it out now, don’t worry, I’ll wait). I also wrote about some of my favourite story time songs, which are especially useful when trying to salvage a sinking story time shop. Fun times!
Who’s That Scratching at My Door?: A Peekaboo Riddle Book
So…this is pretty much a straight rip-off of Dear Zoo. A boy wishes he had a real friend to play with (instead of a pet), and he opens flaps to discover all sorts of animals with major drawbacks, before finally discovering the perfect pet – I mean friend – a puppy! Many of the animals are the same (a lion, a giraffe, a monkey, a frog, a puppy), though there are a few additions (a bear, birds, a mouse). It’s pretty much the exact same book.
But you know what?
I’m not mad at it, not by a long shot. My story time groups are obsessed with lift-the-flap books. My toddlers in particular have taken to chanting “open it up!”, which is pretty dang adorable. The suspense just about kills them! Sure Who’s That Scratching At My Door? an almost page-for-page knock off, but it does allow me to give my kids more of what they want, while still introducing them to new books. It has simple, colourful, cartoonish illustrations, those all-important flaps, vocabulary-supporting repetition, and opportunities for audience participation in the form of animal sounds. My little ones delight in the surprise reveals, while I can have funny conversations with my older kids about the pros and cons of having each animal as a pet. Predictable? Yup. Original? Nope. But definitely still worth including in your storytime repertoire.
We’re heading back to the classics with this one, which has been beloved by children, caregivers and educators for decades. And for good reason! Simple rhyming text, large, colourful illustrations and animals! It’s fascinating to use this one with groups of different ages – toddlers are typically perfectly content to accept the purple cat and blue, but preschoolers often struggle with these creative liberties – horses should be brown, and cats should not be purple! You can have inspire some great conversations about art, creativity and personal expression.
Monkey and me, monkey and me, monkey and me we went to see….this simple, repetitive, lovely picture book! I’ve been using this one for years, and I still love it. Adorable animal illustrations are combined with limited text and fun actions to act out, making it perfect for babies and toddlers.
Well, that’s it for this week – have a great one, everybody!!