“David Gets in Trouble” by David Shannon
Dealing with a cranky toddler or preschooler? Here is a list of books about handling emotions, and hopefully emerging unscathed. No Fits, Nilson and Maya was Grumpy are two new favorites at my house. They’ve helped us all to recognize that everyone gets grumpy from time to time, but you don’t have to stay mad. When in doubt, take a cue from Daniel Tiger and count to four:
Feelings by Aliki
Theo’s Mood by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Doodle Bites by Polly Dunbar
No More Biting for Billy Goat by Bernette Ford
Olive and the Bad Mood by Tor Freeman
Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos
No Biting by Karen Katz
Monster Be Good by Natalie Marshall
No Fits, Nilson by Zachariah Ohora
Maya Was Grumpy by Courtney Pippin-Mathur
Brownie & Pearl Make Good by Cynthia Rylant
David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? by Jane Yolen
“Opposites” by Xavier Deneux
When selecting board books for a baby, I look for a sturdy format that will endure love and many reads, simple text with bright pictures or photos, and tactile elements that encourage exploration. Board books usually don’t grab my attention, but the Lexington Public Library recently purchased two great board books: Opposites and Colors. Both titles are written by Xavier Deneux and are part of Chronicle Books series, Touch Think Learn. These books definitely invite little hands to touch and explore the pages! The artist utilized die cuts, cut outs, and layering to produce a spectacular layout. For instance, when demonstrating the difference between high and low, the artist placed a cat high on a tall ladder. To emphasize how far above the ground the cat is, the artist used a raised image and then paired it with a mole far, far down in a hole. Deneux went one step further and inset the mole, so the pictures stress the difference in the presented concept. I really love these new books and can’t wait till March when two more (Shapes and Numbers) will be released!
“Nonsense & Common Sense: A Child’s Book of Victorian Verse” by John Grossman and Priscilla Dunhill
Nonsense & Common Sense is a collection of poems from the golden age of children’s literature. The offerings range from silly nonsense to gentle instruction to the beautifully lyrical. Many of the poets are recognizable names such as Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Robert Louis Stevenson, but lesser known bards are included also. Each poem is wonderfully illustrated with artwork from vintage children’s books, die cuts, or other Victoriana memorabilia, and some of the poems are even accompanied by interesting side notes on the history of the verses. My only complaint about this book is the underlining sexism of a few of the poems, but there are not many of these, so it does not detract from the overall enjoyment of this charming and whimsical read.
Singing helps children hear the distinct sounds that make up words. This is an important early literacy skill, because it will help your child sound out words when he or she begins reading independently.
Sing with your children any chance you get: at bedtime, in traffic, in the bathtub. Your children don’t care if you don’t have a perfect voice. They just care that you are interacting with them while you sing together. If you’d like to add some new songs to your list of favorites, the children’s staff at the Lexington Public Library will be glad to help you. Here are some of our favorite children’s CDs.
Many books also illustrate classic songs, meaning you can sing a book instead of reading it! The pictures will engage your child visually while you sing the words, giving your child a full sensory experience. You can find a list of beloved song-books here.
Happy singing and reading!
The Discovery Channel launches its annual Shark Week today, but you can learn about sharks year-round at the Lexington Public Library. While shark fans come in all ages, shapes, and sizes, this article recommends books for children 12 and younger.
“Face to Face with Sharks” by David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes
Face to Face with Sharks offers everything one would expect from a National Geographic publication: gorgeous photos, engaging narratives, and sidebars full of thrilling facts, such as “How Not to Get Eaten By a Shark.” This book’s highly visual format gives it strong appeal for reluctant readers ages 8 to 12.
Eager information seekers will enjoy this exciting book as well. The helpful “Find Out More” section recommends additional books and websites for those avid readers and budding marine biologists. The Lexington Public Library also offers a nice selection of shark books for young readers. A list of books for children ages 8 to 12 can be found here.
Children 7 and younger may enjoy the titles on this list.
Now that you know how not to get eaten by a shark, enjoy your next trip to the beach!