Thursday, January 13, 2011

My favorites for 0-2

My favorites for 0-2

Jamberry by Bruce Degan.  A rollicking rhyming tale of a boy and his friend the bear. Lots of fun detail to be pointed out in the illustrations-- waffle flowers and hidden marshmallows.

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman.  A mischievous gorilla lets each zoo animal out of their cage after the Zoo Keeper wishes them goodnight.  The animals follow the beloved Zoo Keeper back to his house. My kids love the part when all you can see are the wide open eyes in the dark when the Zoo Keeper discovers the animals in his bedroom!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The pages of food are as entertaining as ever. A wonderful classic.

We're Going on Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Full of effective repetitive rhyme, this is wonderful read aloud. The best part is when the scary bear arrives and then, reading as fast as you can, getting the family safely back home again.  We always end the story feeling sorry for the bear who just wanted to be friends.

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
It took me a little while to figure out why my kids love this book so much.  It tells the story of three owl babies waiting for their mother to come home, they are sure she is coming back, but are not absolutely sure until they see her come swooping home.  All kids can relate to waiting anxiously for their parents to arrive and the wonderful safe feeling that follows.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See? By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
A book of repetitive sing song rhyme that kids will quickly learn to read along with you.

Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
It is easy to see why Sandra Boynton sets her books to music. The text lends itself to be read in a sing song way that will have kids be-bopping along.

Time for Bed by Mem Fox Illustrated by Jane Dyer
The lulling rhyme and muted illustrations of various animals being tucked into bed sets a quiet tone for this perfect bedtime book.

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg
An "I spy" book with wonderfully bright detailed illustrations.  Help your child find the familiar nursery rhyme characters hiding on each page.

Is your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino Illustrated by Stephen Kellogg
A baby llama asks each of his animal friends if their mama is a llama.  Told with rhythmic verse that children love and a fill in the blank to guess the animals real mother will keep readers engrossed and entertained.

What are your favorites?

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