Saturday, September 10, 2016

This Week in Story Time: The Letter A

READ IN BOOK BABIES

By Emily Gravett
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005.  Picture Book.

This entire story is created with four basic words -- orange, pear, apple, bear -- with only one addition at the end:  there.  A perfect read aloud for the youngest of listeners, this sweet book introduces concepts such as categories (food, animal), colors, shapes, and combinations.  Simple but beautiful watercolor illustrations add a touch of whimsy to this lovely picture book.



READ IN TODDLER TIME

By Emily Gravett
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011.  Picture Book.

It's time for bed, and Cedric the dragon wants Mom to read a story.  Of course Cedric and Mom snuggle in for a fun, dragon-y bedtime story.  But when it's over,  he wants to hear the story again.  And again.  AND AGAIN.   Poor Mom is so tired, and Cedric's frustration starts to build, as his lovely green scales begin to take on the deep fiery red of his story-dragon counterpart.  But dragons, fire, and books can be a very flammable combination...  Both parents and children will identify with this fun story!



READ IN PRESCHOOL TIME

Written by Claire Freedman
Illustrated by Ben Cort
Barron's, 2013.  Picture Book.

Two of kids' favorite things...aliens and underpants...together in the same book!  Who knew that aliens were the ones taking all of the missing underpants from the laundry?  Cort's illustrations will introduce you to some wacky underthings and colorful creatures.  Just don't forget to check your drawers for a stray, extra-small extraterrestrial!



READ IN PRESCHOOL TIME

Written by Mara Bergman
Illustrated by Nick Maland
Green willow Books, 2005.  Picture Book.

What would you do if you heard the snip snap of an alligator creeping up the stairs?  Well I think I'd be scared, just like this trio of kids!  But after being chased from room to room, they find their courage and turn the tables on that snip-snappy alligator.  Bright illustrations, call and response text, and a tingle of fear help make this a great interactive read aloud.



READ IN CUENTOS

By Michel Van Zeveren
Corimbo, 2011.  Picture Book.

Little Bunny is so hungry, but just can't obey when Mama Bunny tells him to stay put and wait a few minutes for lunch.  Off he runs into the forest, and right into Wolf's hands, who promptly takes him home--for Little Wolf's lunch!  But Little Bunny is sneaky and makes a hilarious escape.  Great illustrations and expressive faces make for a lighthearted animal tale.

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