Kids Are Never Too Old to be Read To
Yes, all of my children are beyond the age of picture books now…thankfully, Apollo still indulges me on occasion and sits while I read him picture books. The good news is, I have a slew of cute grandchildren who are at just the right age for picture books. I make sure I always have a stash of books in my suitcase when I visit New Zealand and I enjoy giving books to my tiny clients as well.
If you haven’t read it already, I beg you to find a copy of The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction. It is so, so good!
But now, onto the show.
Disclaimer: some of these books were given to me for review purposes. I have not been compensated for this post. This post contains affiliate links.
Over, Bear! Under, Where?
When I first picked this up I expected it to be a cute book about prepositions with a couple of funny puns (under where) and it is that…but so much more! Over Bear! Under Where? tells the story of two friends, Over and Under who enjoy an afternoon at the park. Since the two main characters are named Over and Under there are endless possibilities for mix-ups, puns, and humor.
These double meanings and puns will not only delight your children (and teach them prepositions) but the adult reading it will enjoy the book as well. Always a bonus! This book is a great addition to any picture book library and perfect for kids ages 3-8.
T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes
This truly unique book is part alphabet book and part storybook that encourages kids to embrace what they can do instead of what they can’t. I think we can all agree that one struggle in parenting is helping kids reign in their expectations. There are so many things a young child can’t do (yet) and for more intense kids (cough, cough) this can be a very real struggle.
But on to the book…We all know that foxes can’t flip pancakes and horses can’t play hopscotch…but they can have a lot of fun trying! This book goes through every letter of the alphabet offering a humorous look at the things the animals can’t do. You child will enjoy both the funny scenarios and the even funnier illustrations.
The last two pages of the book have a list of amazing things each animal can do…Did you know narwhals can change colors, bees can dance, and alligators can grow new teeth? You will know those and more after reading this book and your little one will delight in fun animal facts.
This is a great book for ages 3-6 years old.
The Big Bath House
The Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear and Gracey Zhang is a celebration of traditional Japanese bathhouse culture. If you have visited my website before, you will know I am always on the lookout for books and toys that reflect diversity in our world. We are a multi-racial, multi-cultural, international family.
I am an American who married a Canadian. Together we have adopted an African American son, a biracial daughter, and three West African teens. Two of our daughters married New Zealanders (Kiwis) and have given us gorgeous Kiwi offspring. Later this year, our family will expand once again as we add Mexican heritage to our family. Shameless plug for Duolingo. It’s amazing!
While we didn’t set out to create a diverse family, it has been a joy to watch our family tree grow and bloom in ways we could never have predicted.
The Big Bath House is a poignant story of the author’s memories of visiting her grandmother in Japan each summer. She didn’t share a language with her grandmother, but together they shared the beautiful tradition of visiting the big bath house with all of her female relatives.
Warning: Nudity Ahead
This book is full of simple, beautiful words describing a little girl’s experience in the bath house.
“The water will flow and the garden will grow at the big bath house.
The birds will be fed and your clothes will be shed
at the big bath house.”
This book isn’t for everyone. If you are offended by drawings of naked bodies, you’ll want to skip this one. I have never been bothered by nudity in a non-sexual, culturally appropriate context. I love this book and its body-positive message, “You’ll all dip your bodies, your newly sprouting, gangly bodies, your saggy, shapely, jiggly bodies, your cozy, creased, ancient bodies. Beautiful bodies”.
A gentle picture book perfect for kids ages 4-8 years old.
The Creature of Habit
Every day the Creature who lives on the island of Habit does the exact same things. He eats breakfast (three pineapples and two bananas), walks down to the water and says hello to the fish, and after that looks for shells. His days are ordered and perfect and all exactly the same. He is, after all, a creature of habit.
So what happens when a new creature comes to visit the island? The Creature of Habit is happy to show his new friend what to do and when to do it. All is well…until the new creature decides to do something different. Follow the journey of the Creature of Habit as he first watches in horror, and then curiosity, and learns all the new and different things that the visitor does. As the Creature of Habits adjusts to his visitor he learns that when you do something new, anything can happen.
This is a great book for all young children. Whether your child is a creature of habit who could use a bit of flexibility or a wildling who never does the same thing twice, this beautiful book helps illustrate the beauty of both.
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