Thursday, August 01, 2013

Tot Books on Thursdays #6: August 1, 2013

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It's Thursday yet again, which means it's time for another list of tot books!

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Tot Books on Thursdays is a (nearly) weekly series where I showcase the ten books that have been read over and over.  In addition, I share some of the books that my Facebook fans have been reading.

Our Ten Books for the Week

1. Alphabet Ice Cream: An A-Z of Alphabet Fun by Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap

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A is for apple pie, B is for bubblegum, and C is for chocolate chip cookie dough...or so I wish!  I really wish this book was an A-Z of delicious ice cream flavors, but it's not.  It's just a regular ABC book.  Regardless, it was a favorite of K's this week.

2. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Board Book) by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault with illustrations by Lois Ehlert

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This ABC book is a classic.  Both boys adore this book and fought over it frequently.

3. Happy Alphabet! A Phonics Reader by Anna Jane Hays

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I bought this ABC book from a Scholastic warehouse sale.  If you have never been to one of these sales, I highly recommend it (if one is in your area).  I have scored so many sweet deals on books this way.  Anyway, this book is getting pretty worn out as it has been a favorite of both boys for a long time.  I still struggle trying to sing the alphabet to the tune of Happy Birthday, as is suggested at the back of the book.  It's a cute book that's easy for early readers to read and the illustrations are cute too.

4. Construction Countdown by K.C. Olson with illustrations by David Gordon

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As the title implies, this book is a number book that counts down from the number 10.  It also features different construction vehicles.  My boys enjoyed it, mostly because of the numbers in it though.

5. Dot by Patricia Intriago

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A simple book that shows different dots.  K was obsessed with this book and was convinced that the yellow dot on the front cover was the sun.  

6. Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle

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We love Eric Carle books at our house, but we hadn't read this one before.  This book shows a bunch of different cats from lions to bobcats to house cats.  J loved this book!

7. Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

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I loved this book, personally.  Probably more than the boys.  The illustrations are really pretty and fun and show a chameleon imitating different objects.

8. 123 Versus ABC by Mike Boldt

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It should be no surprise that a book about numbers AND letters would quickly become a favorite of my boys.  This book is brand new (came out in June 2013) and I saw it at the bookstore.  I didn't buy it then, but I will definitely be purchasing a copy for the boys for Christmas.  So I was tickled pink when I found a copy at the library.  This book is awesome for so many reasons: the illustrations are adorable and bright, it reinforces letters, it reinforces numbers, and it was written by a Canadian author.  Both boys love this book to pieces.  J has been obsessed with it!  A must read book, in my opinion.

9. Life-Size Zoo by Teruyuki Komiya

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This book is fantastic.  It features pictures of wild animals at their actual size.  Yes, actual size!  K really enjoys this book, especially opening up the flaps to reveal the giraffe.

10. The Big Green Book of Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss

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Okay, so this book actually has six books in it.  It is a collection of Dr. Seuss books and we are huge Dr. Seuss fans in this house!  J has been requesting to read all six books in this collection nearly every day this week.

What the Fans are Reading This Week

  1. A Treasury of Curious George by H.A. & Margaret Rey (shared by Jessica)
  2. Tails by Matthew van Fleet (shared by Blayne)
  3. The Magic Poof by Stephen Hodges with illustrations by T. Kyle Gentry (shared by Jennifer)
  4. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins with illustrations by Eric Curney (shared by Eva)
  5. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Clement Hurd (shared by Kristina)
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. We've been reading: Duck On A Bike, The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, One Love by Cedella Marley, Goodnight Moon (every week!), Round Is A Tortilla, Stellaluna and The Magic Poof -

    1. That Magic Poof book looks so cute! I will have to check out some of the other books you mentioned.

  2. Hi, thank you for reading and sharing Dot! "K" is correct! The yellow dot on the front cover IS the sun!
    --Patricia Intriago

    1. He'll be happy to hear that! Thanks for stopping by.