Show little children the joys of reading
Sensational books pave the way to learning
Young children are eager to learn. They more they learn, the greater control they feel in the world they are just beginning to explore. Gaining knowledge and understanding covers a wide spectrum.
For toddlers and pre-school children, learning colors, numbers, letters and so on are important. So, too, is learning about emotions, interactions with nature and people and navigating through the uncharted waters of day-to-day wonders.
Children have a very limited point of reference to base their thoughts on. That's the beauty of childhood. Everything is fresh and new and exciting. Each new thing a child encounters is an opportunity for growth and understanding. Books play an important part in that exploration, such as those reviewed today.
Seeing the world through a child's eyes is a gift. Be an active and positive participant in helping a child discover and understand life. Marvel together at the beauty of a flower, the busy activity of bugs, the sight and sound of a flock of birds. The list is endless. Join your child in experiencing the simple, profound pleasures life offers us all. You'll be amazed at how much you'll both gain from it all.
Books to Borrow
The following book is available at many public libraries.
"Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram, Candlewick Press, 32 pages
Read aloud: birth — age 4
Read yourself: age 7 and older
Can the love between a child and parent be measured? Little Nutbrown Hare tries to do just that when he compares his love for his father to as many things as he can think of. He loves his father as much as his arms can stretch wide, as high as he can reach, as far away as the river.
Each comparison Little Nutbrown Hare makes is countered with a comparison of even greater measure by his father, who also wants his son to know just how much he loves him.
A beautiful, warm and tender story that is certain to make readers feel good all over, this selection successfully demonstrates that so great is the love between a parent and a child, it is truly immeasurable.
Library: Sutter County Library, 750 Forbes Ave., Yuba City
Library Director: James Ochsner
Children's Librarian: Chalese Valdez
Choices this week: "Bark, George" by Jules Feiffer; "Toddlerobics" by Zita Newcome; "The Seals on the Bus" by Lenny Hort
Books to Buy
The following books are available at your favorite bookstores.
"Noodle Loves the Beach" written and illustrated by Marion Billet, Nosy Crow, 2012, 10 pages, $8.99 board book
Read aloud: birth — age 3
Read yourself: age 5 — 6
The adorable panda bear named Noodle loves all kinds of things that have to do with going to the beach. From a fun sailboat, playing in the sand, splashing in the water and having a delicious snack of a sticky peach, Noodle and young readers will agree that going to the beach is lots of fun.
Colorful illustrations combine with the simple rhyming text and a different touch-and-feel opportunity on each double-page spread, making this delightful book both fun to read and educational. (And don't miss the equally awesome companion book, "Noodle Loves to Eat.")
"Little Bee" written and illustrated by Edward Gibbs, LB Kids, 2012, 26 pages, $8.99 board book
Read aloud: age 18 months — age 3
Read yourself: age 5 — 6
"Little bee, little bee ... why do you flee? Because there's a hungry frog chasing me!" But why is the frog running away? Because a scary snake seems to be chasing the frog.
And so the situation repeats itself over and over again, with everyone misunderstanding the intent of the one behind them. And in the final moment, the funny surprise ending will have kids giggling and requesting to read this selection again and again.
Kendal A. Rautzhan writes and lectures about children's literature. She can be reached at her website: greatestbooksforkids.com.