Wouldn't it be dull if all the animals were the same? It's time to celebrate all of the wonderful things that make animals what they are. From warthogs' warts to kangeroos' huge feet, every animal has a place in the world.
Here's the welcome conclusion to Jon Klassen's “Hat” trilogy. In this third book, the hat has been found. The problem is that there are two turtles and only one hat. It just wouldn't be right if one of them had a hat and the other didn't, so they decide the only thing to do is to forget about the hat. This turns out to be easier said than done, as you will see when you read this clever book!
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)
Go through the alphabet with a little girl, a hot, freshly made apple pie, and the puppy that just wants a taste. Great fun for ages 2 and up.
A little girl named Lucy wakes up in the middle of the night to a very quiet house. She explores her quiet house of sleeping parents trying to find her special stuffed friend. Count the yawns until Lucy finally goes to sleep. A perfect bedtime story for ages 3 and above.
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
A bored girl and a bored potato make a fun romp that is sure to relieve boredom for all ages, but particularly ages 3-8.
It is now the little girl's turn to help get Mommy to bed. She needs to make sure Mommy brushes her teeth, puts on her jammies, and does all of the other things people do before bedtime. A twist on the classic bedtime routine for ages 3 and up.
Here come the babies! It's a baby parade! Wave to the babies as they go by in wagons, in backpacks, on foot, and cuddled up with loved ones. This adorable parade will be irresistible to toddlers (and caregivers) everywhere. (Recommended Ages: Baby-PreK)