Children’s Book Day is April 2
Mark your calendar for Children’s Book Day on Sunday, April 2 and plan a special story time that your child will not only remember, but want to celebrate every day.
Reading with your child is one of the most important developmental tools that you can use to promote healthy brain development, build vocabulary and instill a life-long love of reading ─ all of which are very important for a good start in school. It’s never too early to start.
Here are a few book recommendations for your preschooler (recommended for ages six months to three years), all of which should be available at your local library.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle is a classic and covers colors, counting, days of the week, healthy eating and the process of metamorphosis. Some say this might be the world’s most perfect picture book. As Carle himself once said of his work, “It’s a book of hope for any child who feels small and helpless and wonders if they’ll ever grow up.” In other words, it’s for the future butterflies of the world.
Don’t let this simple book fool you. Cuddle up, read and talk with your child about the hungry little caterpillar. Ask questions. Think of different foods that the caterpillar may like. Talk about the days of the week and what you do on the different days. Identify colors. Explain nature’s magic that turns a very hungry caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. Ask your child what he wants to be when he grows up.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
by Bill Martin Jr. is a catchy rhythmic story about all the letters of the alphabet racing one another up the coconut tree. The question is, will there be enough room? The story of 26 little letters that climb to the top of a palm tree is a modern-day classic that will have your tots tapping their tiny toes. This story is particularly fun with early learners: it’s an alphabet tale that is entertaining and educational. When you are not reading from the book, you will still have the story in your head, so you’ll want to chant it out loud with your child.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Numeroff is the classic tale of a hungry little mouse. Imagine with your child what you would do if a hungry little guy shows up on your doorstep. If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want some milk…and a straw…and much, much more. For parents, this may seem like a typical day of a parent with a toddler. For your child, it opens a world of imagination: What else could this mouse want? If this book is a big hit with your child, check out other favorites in the series like If you Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Pancake.
The Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister is the story of a conceited Rainbow Fish who is proud of his beautiful, shiny scales—and he’s very lonely as well. Your child will learn a universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish that learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions. Pfister’s colorful book shows the importance of sharing to find friendship and happiness, making it an ideal platform for teaching your child early life lessons. Eye-catching foil stamping offers instant child appeal and the opportunity to touch and discuss the glittering scales that make the fish so proud.