My daughter is now 8 years 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 in 2010 when Smarty was 3 and a half years old.
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1. The Mother’s Day MiceI love collaborative books by Eve Bunting and Jan Brett. Brett's illustrations in The Mother’s Day Mice complement perfectly a sweet story of three mice brothers looking for last minute presents for their Mom. There is just enough danger and suspense to get wigglier listeners stay with this story. Flowers certainly make a lovely Mother’s Day gift, and I love this beautiful mixed media Mother’s Day bouquet designed by preschool teacher Catherine at Fun-A-Day.
2. The Perfect PetThe Perfect Pet by Margie Palatini might teach your preschooler some serious persuasive techniques! The main character is trying everything to convince her parents to get her a pet. Refreshingly, the story does not go to the usual “OK, we give in!” scenario. Instead, the main character finds herself a pet in her own backyard. While our daughter never went as far as adopting a bug, she certainly made her fair share of pet rocks even though they were not quite as good looking as this bug pet rock from The Craft Train.
3. Mr. Bear to the RescueMr. Bear to the Rescue by Debbi Gliori is a sweet story of neighbors helping neighbors in times of trouble. Mr. Bear rescues his friends on a stormy night when the wind destroys the tree that was their home. He brings them to his home where Mrs. Bear is quick to make everyone feel better. This book opens a good conversation about showing kindness to others and helping out when needed – you can have this chat while having a delicious teddy bear toast from Crafty Morning.
4. Everybody BonjursEverybody Bonjurs by Leslie Kimmelman is a fun simple book to introduce preschoolers to France through the eyes of a young girl visiting Paris with her parents. There is less emphasis on famous landmarks – instead, we see delicious pastry and a crepe stand, soccer stadium, and, of course, stores. We did a fun Eiffel tower tape resist project in our geography track and made our own simple mousse au chocolat.
5. First Encyclopedia of SpaceWhen my daughter was a preschooler, she preferred non-fiction books. It’s kind of funny now, when she devours several fantasy novels every week and mostly ignores non-fiction unless she does some sort of research. She was very interested in space, and she really enjoyed Usborne First Encyclopedia of Space. Like all Usborne books, it is bright, well illustrated, and easy to follow. Fun at Home with Kids has a great round up of outer space activities for kids, and this gorgeous Galaxy Slime from Two-Daloo is still on my list of things to try – perhaps this summer.
6. A Treasury of Little Golden BooksWhen Smarty was younger, we had several Little Golden Books, and she loved listening to those classic stories from the past. I was delighted to find A Treasury of Little Golden Books in our library. Smarty never liked real fairy tales because of scary situations, but Little Golden Books are perfectly gentle, and I could be positive that she won’t have any troubles falling asleep after reading them. If you decide to get this treasury for your home collection, and have some tattered individual Golden Books, My Little Bookcase has a brilliant idea to repurpose their illustrations into story stones.
More May Book Recommendations
- May Books for 2 and 3 year olds
- May Books for 5 year olds – coming next week
- May Books for kids age 6 and up
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