Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tot Books on Thursdays #5: July 18, 2013

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It's Thursday again.  That means it's time to for Tot Books on Thursdays, which is a weekly series where I share the 10 books that we've been reading during the week.  But that's not all!  My lovely Facebook fans have been sharing what they've been reading too.  So every week (well, most weeks...I was sick last week!) I feature a minimum of 10 children's books for you to check out.

The past two weeks we have been reading a lot of alphabet books (shocking, I know!) and, apparently, a lot of dinosaur books.

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Our Ten Books for the Week

1. Learn the Alphabet with Northwest Coast Native Art by Ryan Cranmer, Beau Dick, Terry Starr and Hazel Simeon

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We have borrowed this book from the library a lot since J was a baby.  It's a great alphabet book, featuring native artwork that is really eye catching.

2. How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure

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K was obsessed with this book!  We read it sooooo many times.  The illustrations are all made from black paper.  The only hint of color is the blue words and a blue butterfly.  Each page features one word that describes how to be a cat, such as "stretch."

3. Bang!  Boom!  Roar!  A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs by Nate Evans and Stephanie Gwyn Brown with illustrations by Christopher Santoro

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ABCs and dinosaurs - what a great combination!  And then pair that with a construction theme.  It's every boy's dream ABC book!  J especially loves looking for the hidden letters on each alphabet page.  Overall, cute book!

4. Ten Little Mummies: An Egyptian Counting Book by Philip Yates with illustrations by G. Brian Kara's

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This counting book is adorable.  It reinforces subtraction.  A mummy disappears, one after another until one is all alone.  It's also a great way to introduce the desert and other features like pyramids to kids.

5. Dino-Baseball by Lisa Wheeler with illustrations by Barry Gott

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Dinosaurs playing baseball?  Why not!  J loved this book.  It named different dinosaur types, all while explaining different aspects of the game of baseball.

6. Dino-Soccer by Lisa Wheeler with illustrations by Barry Gott

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Now those same dinosaurs from Dino-Baseball show kids how to play soccer.  Again, J enjoyed this book.

7. Alligator Bear Crab: A Baby's ABC by Lesley Wynne Pechter

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I like this ABC book quite a bit.  The colors are nice and bright.  Turns out the kids like it too, which really that's more important than me liking it, right?

8. We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury

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One of my Facebook fans, Debbie, mentioned this book a couple of weeks ago, suggesting that it would make a great quiet book.  I had never read the book before, so I went searching for it.  Well, K adores this book!  We've read it a bazillion times or so in the last two weeks.  That's why I love this weekly series.  I share books that may be new to you and I find some new-to-me books as well.

9. Night-Night, Forest Friends by Annie Bach

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An adorable board book featuring a bunch of different forest animals.  Both boys enjoyed this book a lot.  J could even read most of the book by himself.  I was shocked that he knows how to read words like "fawns" and "yawns."  Crazy smart kid, I tell you!  Anyway, it's an adorable book for babies and toddlers alike.

10. How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti with illustrations by Yancey Labat

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This counting book is huge.  And awesome.  It also goes beyond the typical 1-10 that most counting books for children do.  It shows hundreds and thousands of colorful jelly beans, which makes me feel sorry for the poor illustrator who had to draw thousands of different colored jelly beans.  Anyway, it's a great book that J has loved for awhile.

What the Fans are Reading This Week

  1. Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. with illustrations by Eric Carle (shared by Jodi)
  2. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. with illustrations by Eric Carle (shared by Randi)
  3. The Feel Good Book by Todd Parr (shared by Krissy)
  4. Rooster's Off to See the World by Eric Carle (shared by Patricia)
  5. The Listening Walk by Paul Showers with illustrations by Aliki (shared by Patricia)
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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  1. How to Be a Cat -- my son will love that! I hadn't heard of that one, but I love her artwork. Thanks!

    1. The artwork is pretty amazing, especially when I saw that it was made from black paper! I really enjoyed that book a lot. Hope you guys like it!