I’m a dirty DINOSAUR

This wonderfully illustrated, catchy book is about celebrating the fun of being silly, getting dirty and moving those feet. After reading it once to Liam, he was already repeating the words in a singsongy fashion. It’s hard not to!

This book would be great to encourage gross motor movement by getting kids to act out the movements of the dinosaur with all the sniffs, shakes, drums, taps, stamps and stomps.

This book can also tie in with fine motor and sensory play. Print out coloring pages or draw your own and add real dirt, mud or chocolate pudding so your little one can dirty up the dinosaur.

If you can’t get enough of this fun dinosaur, check out The Hungry Dinosaur 

Janeen Brian & Ann James

Kane Miller (Usborne)

Ages 2-5

22 pages

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Busy Train Book

This colorful interactive book is loved by toddlers and parents alike. It can hold my son’s attention for quite some time and is easy to operate. It is so much fun to pull the train back and watch it fly through the scenic routes. There are many things to talk about and look for as the train goes over bridges, lakes, beaches, past villages, orchards, farms, and the zoo. This book makes a great gift and always gets a compliment when we  have a playdate at our house.

Author:  Fiona Watt

Illustrator: Jim Field

Usborne

3+

10 pages

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Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks

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To get in the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I wanted to find a book that would begin teaching my three year old guy about gratitude and what it means to be thankful. Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks is the perfect story to explain this to a little one. Giving thanks for things like family, playing outside, hot chocolate and lollipops is right up Liam’s alley and really speaking his language!

This special book touching on all of a toddler’s favorite things will really connect the deeper meaning of Thanksgiving. We’ve read it every single night since it came in the mail courtesy of Amazon.

By Margaret Sutherland

Illustrated by Sonja Lamut

Grosset & Dunlap, Publishers

3-5 years

24 pages

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That’s not my Santa

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This board book is sure to get young readers excited about Christmas and Santa Claus while capturing their interest with the bright bold pictures and many textures to touch.

My son Liam loves to find the cute mouse on every page. And even though he is three years old now he still loves this little board book. Maggie, my baby girl who is five months, also loves it. It’s rare to find a book they both love at the same time.

Fiona Watt

Usborne Books

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Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

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A funny seasonal story with big, bold pictures and a sense of humor. This book reminds me a bit of Bob & Flo in that it is a quick and funny read. The title says it all. Join duck & goose as they search high and low for a pumpkin.

We’ll be sure to check out they many other Duck & Goose books, especially Duck & Goose It’s Time for Christmas.

Tad Hills

Schwartz and Wade Books

22 pages

Ages 2-5

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Maple

Maple

An enchanting story about a little girl, a tree, the changing seasons and a new baby sibling. This was a timely read for us since my three year old son is now the proud big brother to a four month old baby sister. Liam also enjoys reading about nature and the different seasons as he just learned about how we transitioned from summer to fall.

The illustrations are inviting and my son loves to watch as the birds build their nest and then the bright blue robin eggs appear. He also enjoys watching the tree change as it goes through the year and the lessons Maple learns about playmates.

Another successful blind library choice. I can’t wait to read her next two books following Maple & her little sister.

Lori Nichols

Nancy Paulsen Books Published by Penguin Group

Ages 3 – 5

32 pages

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The Very Best Pumpkin

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This was a quick pick from the library without any prior knowledge of this book or author. What a great choice it was! At first, when my son kept requesting this one at nap and bedtime I thought it was because it’s a little longer story than usual (delaying bedtime, of course). After reading it repeatedly I realized it wasn’t a stalling tactic, but instead he truly loves reading this cute book about pumpkins, seasons & friendship.

It’s a sweet book about a boy who lives with his grandparents on their pumpkin farm. We watch as Peter gives extra special care to one pumpkin that is growing away from the rest. After lots of TLC, the very best pumpkin leads him to a long lasting friendship. Liam loves the butterflies, ladybugs, apples and bumblebees who are on each page.

It also inspired us to make pumpkin muffins since every time we see the page with all of the pumpkins & mice Liam asks “Mommy, do we EAT pumpkins?”

Mark Kimball Moulton

Illustrations by Karen Hillard Good

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

32 pages

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Biscuit Visits the Farm

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This is our second season reading about Biscuit’s trip to see the apple orchards, chicken coops and other animals on the farm. We fell in love with this book since at the end there is a hayride for everyone. Last fall my son was two years old and we went on at least 10 different hayrides in September and October! It was his favorite thing to do, and still is this year. My Mom bought this book for him after she saw how excited he was about our new mode of transportation. It is fun to see all of the mischief Biscuit can get into while exploring the animals and their homes.

By Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Pictures by Pat Schories

HarperFestival

Ages 2-6

20 pages

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Who’s House is This?

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My Mom brought out a book for my son and I to read telling me it was one of my favorites when I was a little girl. I had completely forgotten all about this book, that is until I laid eyes on it. Then it was like I had always remembered it. Every page and cute creature hiding under the flaps was instantly familiar and evoked memories from when I was little.

The pictures and words are enchanting. So many adorable creatures living in their sweet homes just as a child would imagine. The rhyming is anything but forced. It flows so naturally while making the pictures come to life.

I hope in years to come, my kids will see a book long forgotten and be brought back right back to their childhood once they see it again.

Written by Caryl Koelling
Illustrated by Carol Wynne
Price/Stern/Sloan Publishers, Inc.

22 pages

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