Cookies! Bear cub smells cookies while playing in the woods and finds a tea party set up with cookies to share. The hostess of the party arrives and has very strict rules about the tea party playing before any cookies can be eaten. Will bear ever get to eat cookies? A funny and sweet story for hosts and hostesses of all ages, but especially those aged 4-8.
One autumn day a very patient father and his very curious daughter talk and ask questions as they explore their neighborhood. For all those information seekers ages 4 and up.
David Wiesner has already won three Caldecott medals for his superior illustrations. His newest book follows the adventures of a cat, some aliens, and the creatures who live in the walls of a house. Will he win an unprecedented 4th medal?
Spring is coming and that means lots of rainy days. Although rain can sometimes seem dreary, there is also something fun about jumping in puddles and exploring our wet world while we wait for sunshine and spring flowers to arrive.
Here are some rainy day stories to share with your little ones:
- Let it Rain by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
- Split! Splat! by Amy Gibson
- Puddle Jumpers by Anne Margaret Lewis
- Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
- Peep and Ducky: Rainy Day by David Martin
- Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray
For more rainy day fun, try this fingerplay:
Rain on the Green Grass (Adapted from a traditional nursery rhyme)
Rain on the green grass, (flutter fingers down toward the ground)
Rain on the trees, (make arms into tree branches)
Rain on the rooftop, (make arms into a triangle over your head)
But not on me! (make arms into an umbrella over your head)
A terrible mix-up happens at the castle! The baby princess Priscilla and the piglet Pigmella switch places (it's the kind of thing that happens all the time in books). Can a piglet become a princess and a princess be happy on the farm? Fairy tale fun for all ages, but especially those ages 5 and up.
When a young boy begins to play on his family’s piano, reveling in the fun of plunking the keys, his father signs him up for lessons so that he can learn to play properly. With his father’s encouragement, Raj learns notes, then scales, then songs, and finally classical pieces that his father can recognize and be proud of. But the more Raj practices and the more skilled he becomes, the less he enjoys playing, until he grows up and stops playing altogether. But when his father becomes ill and asks Raj to play for him, will Raj remember how to play from the heart? Age 0-8
With the new Heart of Africa exhibit opening this week at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium it might be time to do a little research into the animals and country from that exotic land. Whether it's some fun fiction or interesting facts, reading up on the subject could enhance your next trip to the zoo or at least get your little ones excited for the amazing animals they are about to see. Below you will find some selections that are sure to please even the youngest patrons!
For more information about the new Heart of Africa exhibit visit http://heartofafrica.columbuszoo.org
Introducing Africa by Chris Oxlade
African Animals ABC by Beverley Joubert
We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs
Oh Dear, Geoffrey! by Gemma O'Neill
African Critters by Robert Haas
Adventures of Riley: Safari in South Africa by Amanda Lumry
When two pigs have their house destroyed on accident by their much larger friends, a moose and a bear, they decide to make a house that will fit all four of them comfortably. They hire the best builders in the woods, the beavers, to build their new home. This is a sweet story of friends and finding happiness in the woods. This is for picture book lovers of all ages, but especially those in Preschool to Second grade.
Doug is a robot who is supposed to be plugged in to download all of the information he needs about the city in which he lives. However, his window looks out into the city and the urge to explore and learn on his own is too great! All young explorers ages 4 and up join Doug on his adventure through town.
Mary had a little glam that grew into a lot. And everywhere that Mary went, she wasn't hard to spot. When Mary discovered how glam-less her classmates were, she felt it her duty to help glam them up. With great vocabulary and rhyming text, this is a great read for ages 4 and up.