Today’s #picturebook is Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Jen Hill via @raincoastbooks. This gentle, preschool/kindergarten level story follows a young narrator asking “what does it mean to be kind?” after a classmate spills juice on herself and is laughed at by her peers.
Kindness and empathy are the work of parents with our smalls and they are large concepts for our busy little people. We enjoyed the format of this story where different kinds of “kindness” are illustrated in a simple way (noticing, listening, remembering names, helping, sharing, standing up for each other). And at the end the idea that acts of kindness join up to make a better world is quite lovely. The story begins and ends with the spilling of the purple juice and the offering a purple picture to cheer up a friend.
It’s early days with my own three year old, but I like talking about these important emotional concepts with him and the small things in the story make sense to him, so I shall recommend this for smalls 3+up if you’re an ambitious parent/caretaker willing to go slowly. Otherwise I’d say 4+up is your safest age for full understanding.
A very sweet story that illustrates a fundamental worth sharing.
Today’s #picturebook was an INSTANT hit at our house. Dinosaur vs School by Bob Shea via Disney Hyperion books. This is one of those rare gems truly written in the language of children. Dinosaur conquers the many parts of preschool one roar at time in this perfect read-aloud. The book is formatted in the pattern: Dinosaur vs ______ and Dinosaur wins each time, making friends, making snacks, playing instruments, playing crafts….until it’s time to clean up! Cleaning up is too much for just one dinosaur but when all his friends help out, everyone wins!
Our 3 year old small adores this book and it has led to us declaring “dinosaur vs “every task in our home” so that we roar through it all. Dinosaur vs brushing our teeth! Roar toothbrush! Roar toothpaste! Roooooooar!
This book is truly a treasure for the shelf AND bonus, there is a whole series of Dinosaur vs–including Dinosaur vs Potty! We shall be heading out to collect them all!
Recommended for 2+up, ROOOOOOOOARRRRRR!
Happy Valentine’s Day from us to you! It’s bunny love for us today on the blog with two cotton-tailed board books from DK Canada!
First up: Pick Me Up Bunny - a lively bunny board book with a handle for small hands. Join Bouncer the bunny as he quests for a delicious carrot and shares with all his friends. A simple, gentle book about friendship and sharing, perfect for smalls 1+up.
Second Up: Baby Touch & Feel I Love You! It wouldn’t be valentine’s without a little book full of love and this bunnies, babies and baby animals book delivers cuddles, snuggles, friendship and smiles, finishing with a peekaboo mirror for baby! A wonderful first Valentine book to share with your babe that can be enjoyed well into toddlerhood with soft textures for little hands to find. Recommended 6 months+up!
From our Small Protagonist to you, may your Valentine’s be a lovely day with your small(s) to cuddle and enjoy! And may these bunnies encourage Spring to come early for all!
One last Christmas #picturebook before the big day: Fox and Squirrel the Best Christmas Ever by Canadian treasure Ruth Ohi via Scholastic Canada. Ruth Ohi’s Fox and Squirrel are best friends who go on many small adventures together. With Christmas coming Squirrel is determined it will be perfect and snaps at her best friend. A gentle tale reminding us that although the holidays are exciting and important, it’s who we spend them with that makes them so special.
Recommended for smalls 3+up (and their type A grown-ups like myself who could also use this reminder! *puts down colour sorted Christmas ribbon and hugs family*)
As the opening pages state:
Pirate was friends with Scientist. Viking was friends with Scientist. Viking and Pirate were not friends…not even on Scientists birthday.
Determined to prove that his two best friends can be friends with each other too, Scientist uses the power of science to prove they have lots in common!
Lively illustration and physical comedy make this book a pleasure for smalls and their grown-ups alike! A great lesson about looking for our similarities instead of our differences AND a tour of the scientific method, child-size!
Bonus blog call out, this handy lists of scientific terms:
Recommended for smalls 3+up!
Peggy is a simple country chicken living a quiet, solitary life when a great gust of wind sweeps her away to the city! Charming visuals of this adorable chicken against backdrops of city life make it a lap book ripe with things to spot and discuss with your smalls. Featuring several wordless pages this book comes to life in the readers hands and smalls will relate to Peggy, a small hero in a big world. The story also has a subtle message about leaving your comfort zone and sharing your life with friends.
A gorgeous, cozy book perfect for a blanket and a rainy day! Recommended for smalls 2.5 and up.