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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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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