Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by LibraryGo
The holidays are a great time for food, family, football, and recreation.
Thanksgiving seems to be a trial run for holidays in December that involve food AND gift-giving.
We can spend our time reacquainting ourselves with lots and lots of family. In my family there are teenagers, recent college grads starting careers, octogenarians, AND now a 14-month niece and a 22-month-old nephew in the next generation, with whom I spent a lot of time. I was struck by little ones’ curiosity about everything. The two-year-old was more interested in the textures and shapes of his fruits and eggs and sausage than in eating his breakfast. But when given a color crayons to color the placemat, he was very excited about that. His mom says he LOVES to be read to. This reminded me of a great book he would enjoy.
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh (1989) — in which the mice play in the red, yellow and blue to create green and other colors in the spectrum.
When I went to the bookstore the next day I was reminded of more great books for toddlers/preschool:
Pete the cat : I love my white shoes / story by Eric Litwin (aka Mr. Eric) ; art by James Dean (2010). This involves changing colors, but the lesson is about having a cool attitude. Also Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons by the same great team (2012). The main thing is when he loses or dirties his clothes, “Does Pete cry?– goodness no!” This is a cool cat that does not have tantrums.
I saw many of the Piggie & Gerald (Elephant & Piggie) books by Mo Willems, who is also author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and the Knuffle Bunny series, too. Elephant and Piggie are great because they are not only perfect early readers for K-1st grade. The illustrations are VERY expressive. And the words and situations are simple enough that 2- to 3-year-olds can appreciate being read to! The newest one is about waiting –something little people have a hard time with, especially before the holidays. And the reward Elephant waits for is really out of this world!
(Spoiler alert: it is not something you can buy or even touch!)
The great news is: you and I can check out tons of books and DVDs from the library, to see how great they are, before we decide to buy gifts for the holidays. Or you may just want something to entertain you on days and evenings that are rainy or cold. Place a hold on the latest best seller or mystery. There are so many great books out there. Or check out recent teen books such as the Scorch Trials and other Maze Runner books by James Dashner or If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Happy hunting for great books!