Wanted to share some good picture books with you for younger children since I’ve focused on chapter books for a while. There are a total of four.
The first book is by Bryon Barton. It’s about a bus driver that picks up and drops off a load of cats and dogs. This is a good book for teaching simple addition and subtraction with numbers under 10. It also brings attention to subjects like transportation, pets, and community helpers.
Our second book is by Elizabeth Bluemie and illustrated by G. Brian Karas. A storm is descending upon the city forcing people to take shelter in the subway station. While there, people of all ages are making friends with strangers. It is a poetry book which lends itself to learning about weather and sounds.
Our third book was written by Hatsue Nakawaki and illustrated by Komako Sakai. A small toddler follows after a butterfly, a lizard, some birds, and some cats, asking them to wait, but they all go away. It is simple enough that babies can follow what is happening, and the ending will bring a smile to the faces of little ones and parents alike. It’s also a really nice lap book for a squirmy baby with a short attention span. Reading it takes less than a minute.
Our last book, by Mia Posada, was a favorite in our library at Moore Elementary. Animals leave their tracks in snow, sand, and mud, and the reader must guess: who was here? Children love guessing games. Even though they knew the answer, they still loved to look at the book. The illustrations are very attractive and catch the children’s attention. It’s a fun rhyming book which also provides good information.
Have you read any of these books to your children? If so, how did they like them? If not, would you like to read them? Share your thoughts, please.