Friday, August 10, 2012
This event is being sponsored by Cathy (@cathymere) of Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community and Mandy (@mandyrobek) of Enjoy and Embrace Learning.
Last year was a busy year for me! We had a new addition to our family. She is now five months old. As a teacher, one of my goals for her is to be an avid reader like I was. If you are reading this post, I would assume you are looking for picture book suggestions and possible uses for picture books. I have decided to focus my 10 for 10 on board books this year.
Board books??? I'm not planning on using board books in my classroom. Don't stop reading! Many great board books are a shortened or full version of a picture book for older children. I have also found that board books make great baby shower gifts. As a teacher, I like to make a plug for reading to parents of new children by providing them with a couple of great board books to get them started. It would be also fun to give them a list of other great books along with the gift. I recently learned that my five-year-old niece still enjoys them. I have also found that board books stand the test of time. I am reading board books with Ariella that I originally purchased for my fourteen year old niece. Board books can withstand the tough love of a toddler. They are a great investment!
My little girlie and I love this book because it is fun. It also teaches the purpose of books. She enjoys looking at the pictures. I am looking forward to the future discussions I can see us having about books. Here is the book trailer on You Tube for the full-size picture book: It's a Book by Lane Smith. I love all that technology has to offer but it will never replace books that I can hold in my hands and place on my bookshelf!
"How do I love you? Let me count the ways. I love you as the sun loves the bright blue days." This book has a great rhythm and beautiful illustrations. I love reading it to my little beauty. The illustrator Caroline Jayne Church has also illustrated I Love You Through and Through. Good Night, I Love You is a book that she wrote and illustrated.
This is the shorter board book version of the well-loved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. This version is modified and ends where all the little letters fall out of the tree. As a teacher, I love how the author uses lower case letters in both versions of this book because many children come to school writing their names in all capital letters. This is one great way to expose little ones to the way letters look!
This is a great classic! I love the pictures. It is a great way to introduce colors and some basic animals. The repetitive text is great for little ones. This will probably be one that my girlie will come to me some day and say that she can read. Another fabulous Eric Carle book is From Head to Toe, which is great for teaching parts of the body.
A great story about the benefits of sharing! North South books is one of my favorite publishers because it publishes books in English that are written by authors from around the world. I have found that most of those authors illustrate their books. One of my favorite books published by North South books is The Best of Friends by Pirkko Vaino. It is never to early to learn how to be a friend.
P.D. Eastman is one of my favorite authors of Dr. Suess books. This is a book that I will use to help my girlie learn the alphabet. I like the illustrations and the rhythm of the book. I also enjoy Fred and Ted from his Big Dog...Little Dog.
Well, Fox in Socks is Fox in Socks. I also like Dr. Suess's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!
I just love those sheep. I have given this book often as a baby shower gift. The rhyming is fun and the illustrations are great. I look forward to some great laughs with my little one when enjoying this book! We have the picture book for older children, but I still need to add it to our board book collection.
This is another great alphabet book that I have given as a baby shower gift. I love the wonderful illustrations of farm animals. The Big Red Barn is another great farm animal book.
I love that this book uses real pictures of animals. The girlie is already enjoying the touch and feel aspect of this book. After reading this book, she reaches out to touch other books.