Wednesday, May 21, 2014

This post is part of the series in Book Recommendations by Age and Month of the Year. This post has June book recommendations for children who are 2 or 3 years old. Each book is paired up with additional resources that you can use to extend the story further.
6 June Books for 2 and 3 Year Olds with Extension Projects

My daughter is now 7 year old and a very fluent reader. Very often I hear the same question, What did you do with her when she was little? Well, we read a lot, and I maintained a diary of our reading activities in weekly What My Child Is Reading entries in my blog. I decided to make these reading diaries more useful and create a new series on my blog where I will share our best books for each month for ages 3, 4, 5, and 6. Moreover, I will pair each book with an extension activity – sometimes with ours and sometimes with activities from my creative friends from Kid Blogger Network. In this post I am featuring books that we read when Smarty was 2.5 years old.
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1. US Holiday of the Month – Father’s Day

I Love You Daddy
I Love You, Daddy! by Edie Evans is a short poem that is perfect for attention span of 2 and 3 year olds. The verse tells about different things that children love to do with their Daddy and most young children will connect to these simple joys of going to a car wash or going camping. It’s a great way to get in the mood for some Father’s Day crafting with one of these simple Father’s Day projects from No Time for Fashcards. 
easy-Fathers-day-crafts-for-kids from No Time for Flash Cards

2. Eating the Alphabet

Eating the Alphabet
Summer is a great time to encourage children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert delivers double dose of learning fun – discovering new fruits and vegetables and exploring or reinforcing the alphabet. Learn-Play-Imagine has a brilliant set of extension activities for Eating the Alphabet – my personal favorite was a mystery bag where children had to recognize a fruit or vegetable by touch. I still want to do it here, maybe with a blindfold to combine smell and touch senses.
Eating the Alphabet Extension Activities from Learn Play Imagine

3. As the Roadrunner Runs

As the roadrunner runs
Summer is time of travel, and many young children are intensely interested in maps. As the Roadrunner Runs by Gail Hartman is a great introduction to maps, especially for children familiar with US Southwest landscapes where the story is set. One possible extension for this story is making your own colorful street map from Teach Preschool.
Map It Out from Teach preschool

4. The Opposites

Many 2 and 3 year old are still developing language concept. My daughter’s language skills progressed fast, but she still loved interactive concept books like Opposites by Robert Crowther when she was 2 and a half. It’s hard to believe now that it was 5 years ago, but I certainly remember her feelings about this particular book and its tabs and interactive features. There are many fun ways to take learning about opposites in the real world – Fantastic Fun and Learning developed a multi-age unit on it, and I wish we did her wet and dry sensory play when Smarty was a toddler.
Wet-Dry-Sensory-Play from Fantastic Fun and Learning

5. Come Rhyme with Me

Come Rhyme With Me
Since I was keen on teaching Smarty to read early, we were playing a lot of games to promote phonemic awareness (ability to hear sounds in words). Rhyming games is one great way to develop phonetic awareness, and Come Rhyme With Me! by Hans Wilhelm offers not only catchy rhyme riddles, but also happens to be a great animal alphabet book. It is definitely worth a look if you have a beginning or a struggling reader as well. You can check out my own post for more ideas to practice phonemic awareness.
Phonemic-Awareness from Planet Smarty Pants

6. Mama Cat Has Three Kittens

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens
Our opinions were split on Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming. I liked the artwork and the story, but my sophisticated 2 year old was preferring longer stories at that time and was not that interested. Perhaps we should have brought three kittens to life like Growing Book By Book did with her printable playdough mat and playdough kittens.

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June Books for 2 and 3 Year Olds with Extension Projects

What are your favorite books for 2 and 3 year olds?


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

For 2s and 3s I liked Sandra Boynton's Snoozers. I used to be able to recite "Nighttime in the Jungle" by heart as I was putting the kids down to bed. They still smile if they hear it today.

Ticia said...

What a smart idea to repurpose your stuff.

I'm not remembering at all the name of the book I read over and over and over again right now to the kids. I want to say the author is Bernard Small, but that's sounding wrong. I do remember we discussed his books about farm animals once, maybe Cock-a-doodle-moo?

min said...

We missed so many wonderful picture books because K fell in love with chapter books and hasn't stopped. I still read picture books to her but she doesn't enjoy them to the intensity of chapter books. Maybe she'll read the lovely picture books when she becomes a mom?

Gin said...

Kittens First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, the Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson