Books With The Tag: #seasons

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Today’s book is an exciting work of non-fiction FILLED with flaps and pop-ups!  DK Canada’s How to Measure Everything!
This sturdy, colourful book is an amazing visual tour of first measurements.  We love the interactive qualities!  Rulers, scales, clocks, seasonal wheels and thermometers ALL have parts that lift, pop-up, turn or move for little hands to try.  And the grand finale is a fully realized pop-up room with things to measure!  

Even toddler smalls can get a first sense of the basics here thanks to the bright, easy-to-understand visuals!  We think this book is great for your small’s library and a great resource for a teacher classroom as well!  Recommended 3.5+up



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Today in our continuing “Spring is Sprung” reviews for DK Canada’s FAB non-fiction for kids books:  Forest Life & Woodland Creatures a wonderful collection of nature facts and fun, hands-on activities to do with your small!  

What we loved:
 - the visual layout with loads of things to spot and name
 - the simple categories of seasons, animals and plant life perfect for preschool and up
 - the fun and varied activities (crafts! food! costume masks!)
We chose the make bear masks as a certain small member of my household is in love with “going on a bear hunt” right now.  He was pretty excited to pour glue all over anything and surprised me by meticulously sticking brown “fur” on his bear mask for a solid seven minutes!

Recommended for smalls 2.5 & up and their nature loving grown-ups of all ages!



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Today’s #boardbook is:  Is it Warm Enough for Ice Cream? via DK Canada, a tour of the four seasons using their ability to support ice cream as a guide.  We love this whimsical tour of seasonal highlights (and we love ice cream!).  Bright colours, high contrast imagery and simple descriptions of seasonal delights make this an ideal book for toddlers with loads of fun things to spot and name. A gentle “first science” book, smalls can explore temperature, weather, plants and animals by season.  A wonderful “call to answer” book as well, our three year old small protagonist enjoyed answering the question “Is it warm enough for ice cream?” with a giggling “Nooooooo!” each time it was not summer.

Recommended for 2+up.



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Our fourth book in our “Week of Elly Mackay” is Fall Leaves, written by Loretta Holland and illustrated by Elly MacKay, published via @raincoastbooks.

This is a beautiful, non-fiction book about the seasonal changes of fall where Elly MacKay’s paper art brings a sense of motion to the shifting colours in nature.  Leaves, apples, flowers, winds and animals getting ready to hibernate come to life on every page and smalls are gently introduced to this gorgeous season. The full text on each page is probably best for smalls age 3+up but can easily be simplified for smalls 2+up to enjoy as well.

The book finishes with instructions for doing some leaf printing crafts!  A lovely bonus feature.  We love this interactive book in vivid autumn colours!  A perfect book to share with smalls every fall before doing some nature exploring of your own!



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Today’s picture book is Trains Don’t Sleep by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum and Deidre Gill via @raincoastbooks a rhyming story about the power and majesty of trains.  Filled with two page oil paintings this book is a wonderful read aloud.
For smalls soothed by rhyming text this is a gorgeous bedtime book.  For inquisitive smalls who love trains and mechanics, this book features three kinds of trains with an information page filled with terminology at the back.  Changes in weather, time of day and scenery allow for lots of “things to spot” in this detailed book and descriptive language teaches new “sound” words as well.
Recommended for smalls 2.5 and up this is a lovely gift book for train lovers and rhyme lovers alike.