Preschool Picks

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I have a preschool-age daughter.  She loves books, so my reading choices have gone from mostly teen fiction to mostly picture books.  It’s quite the change for me, but, I must admit, I’m enjoying it!  Here are just a few I think Books in Bloom readers with preschoolers might enjoy at home or at school.

Perhaps a dot is just a colored circle, but with just a few changes it might be something more.  It can move or talk or feel all sorts of things.  Dot by Patricia Intriago is a concept book that looks at opposites with humor and charm.  Just when you think you have the pattern down, we are surprised with a spread that shows a Dalmatian and a zebra to illustrate “got dots” and “not dots.”  Share it with your preschoolers to introduce opposites, but it also works with older kids to talk about art and design.

Count down from ten as this group of sheep jump the fence and head to the city in Hide and Sheep.  They get in all sorts of trouble as they visit the zoo, the circus, the library, and more.  But the sheep disappear one by one.  Perhaps young readers will guess that the missing sheep are being caught by Farmer McFitt, or perhaps they will be surprised at the end of the story when the sheep are all back on the farm, shorn of their wool, and wearing knit outerwear.  This is a busy book with lots of action on each spread to keep little ones looking and listening closely to not miss a bit of fun.

In Farmyard Beat, the animals stay on the farm, but there is no less fun to be had.  Little listeners can explore the fun of language with rhyme, rhythm, and animal sounds when the farm animals just can’t sleep.  Preschoolers and kindergarteners will want to join in to the story as they guess what animal comes next to complete the rhyme.  Add this title to your next farm-themed storytime or share it where kids enjoyed Craig and Brown’s previous collaboration, Dancing Feet.

Princess Super Kitty is for all the little girls who love their box of dress up clothes.  With the help of a few costume changes, Maggie can be anything she wants to be—until she doesn’t want to be that anymore.  Being a cat is great except for all those naps, so she dons a cape to become Super Kitty.  But then you might get stuck using your super strength to open jars for everyone–that’s when it’s a good time to become Princess Super Kitty since princesses only do royal things, like be adored.  This is another charming picture book that celebrates pretend-play from the author of Not a Box.

For those who prefer dogs to cats, Lois Ehlert’s latest book, Rrralph, is a great choice.  Do you believe that Ralph can talk?  It might seem impossible, but the unknown narrator presents some convincing evidence.  After all, he can say his name, he knows what is on the outside of trees, and he can tell you that the path feels rough on his paws.  Ralph is adorable with his soda pop tab nose and zipper teeth, and he is sure to charm young readers who will delight in the fact that they know all of Ralph’s answers.  Be sure to share it in a group for a participatory storytime.

These are just a few of my favorite picture books with preschool appeal. What are some of yours?

Bibliography:

Dot by Particia Intriago. August 2011.

Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig. June 2011.

Hide and Sheep by Andrea Beaty. May 2011.

Princess Super Kitty by Antoinette Portis. October 2011.

Rrralph by Lois Ehlert. May 2011.

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