toddler Dad readingby Barbara Bietz – Children's Book Reviews

As parents and older siblings are gearing up for back to school activities, younger kids don’t need to be left out!

 

Story time can also be learning time. Whether it is ABC’s, numbers, or shapes, there are books available to help build skills and have fun, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel and Henry Cole (illustrator)

 

A fun, frolicking pirate romp through the alphabet will keep pre-schoolers engaged and delighted. For extra fun, try dressing up in pirate gear and acting out the story. R, roared the captain. R’s not enough. We need other letters to help make up tough. You can’t miss with the creative word play in this treasure. The illustrations of cartoon style animal pirates add to the child-friendly charm.

 

 

 

 

1-2-3 Va-Va-Vroom! by Sarah Lynn and Daniel Griffo (illustrator)

 

Learning to count with race cars is exhilarating with fun, rhythmic text:

 

Lap One!
Checkered flag.
Seatbelt strapped!
Helmet snapped!
Screeching down the lane!
Va-va-vroom!

 

The colorful illustrations of kids strapped in race cars with animals friends in the passenger seat are charming, with lots of kid appeal. Helmets and seatbelts offer a sub text of safety parent will appreciate.

Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseann Thong and Grace Lin (illustrator)

Through the eyes of a little girl, we see how she recognizes shapes in her world – from a pizza box to a dim-sum. Rhyming text and bold color illustrations make this selection a perfect read-aloud:

Round is a mooncake

Round is the moon

Round are the lanterns

Outside my room

 

 

Youngsters will be encouraged to explore the environment around them as they learn about shapes, and the deeper meaning of things in their world.

 

 

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz -is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE, was released in October 2006 (Yotzeret Publishing)  and is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and has contributed to numerous print and on-line publications. She also teach writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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