Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tot Books on Thursdays #7: August 22, 2013

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I've been a little neglectful of Tot Books on Thursdays lately because of a crazy busy month, but, alas, I am here (perhaps a little late) with another great list of children's books to check out.  As always, I share ten books that have been in high rotation at our house, as well as some books that my Facebook fans have been reading with their children.

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Our Ten Books for the Week

1. Hey Diddle Diddle by Eve Bunting with illustrations by Mary Ann Fraser

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This book is a great way to introduce kids to music as it shows animals playing all sorts of different instruments.  K especially loves this book when I try to imitate the sounds of the instruments.

2. B is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC by June Sobel with illustrations by Melissa Iwai

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If you're familiar with the Tot Books on Thursdays, you'll know that I always feature some kind of ABC book.  Well, here's a construction themed one.  K loved this book and enjoyed saying ZOOM at the end with me.

3. AlphaOops!  The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis with illustrations by Bob Molar

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As the title suggests, this book shows what happens when the ABCs don't go in alphabetical order.  Both boys love this book!

4. ZooZical by Judy Sierra with illustrations by Marc Brown

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Here's another music themed book where the zoo animals put on their own musical.  I love the illustrations in this book and both boys enjoyed reading it.  They especially loved when I sang the suggested songs and rhymes.  I recommend checking this book out if you are looking for a music themed book!

5. 10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting & Color Concepts by Anita Libel

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Here's a counting and color book (bet you didn't guess that based on the title!) that J absolutely loved.  I don't really care for the illustrations as they look really antiquated, but the boy likes what he likes!

6. DK Eyewitness Books: Basketball

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We have borrowed this book from the library many, many times.  Usually it's J that picks it out, but this time, K found it at the library all by himself.  It's a book all about basketball.  And my husband is a huge basketball fan so he is more than happy to read this book with the boys over and over.

7. Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

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I adore Eric Carle books!  I'm sure that I'm not the only one who does.  His artwork is so bright and lovely to look at.  I had never read this book before, but J quickly became obsessed with the translucent seaweed pages and the delightful sea creatures.  It's definitely worth checking out if you're an Eric Carle fan.

8. Oink-a-Doodle-Moo by Jef Czekaj

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This book frequently left my tongue all twisted up!  It's based on the telephone game where you whisper a secret into someone's ear and then they repeat it to someone else and so on.  Now, imagine that with animal noises and that's what you have hear.  J loved this book.  Probably because I sound like a deranged farm animal while reading it.

9. A Number of Dinosaurs: A Pop-Up Counting Book by Paul and Henrietta Strickland

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Counting?  Check.  Dinosaurs?  Check.  Pop-ups?  Check.  This book has it all.  The best part is that the pop-ups get progressively larger as the numbers get larger.  This book has easily been J's favorite for about two weeks now.

10. The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli

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Leslie Patricelli books are always a lot of fun to read.  My favorite is easily Yummy Yucky, but this one is cute too.  It definitely captures the spirit of a kid playing with a cardboard box.

What the Fans are Reading This Week

Here are some of the great books the fans suggested:
  1. Daddy Kisses by Anne Gutman (shared by Blayne)
  2. Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise by H.A. Rey (shared by Daria)
  3. Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (shared by Fun Toddler Activities)
  4. The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle (shared by Rebekah)
  5. Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman with illustrations by Ben Cort (shared by Tarnia)
I hope you'll join us next week (and every week) for another list of great children's books! And be sure to tell us what children's books you've been reading in the comments.
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