The years flew. Today, I can't quite picture my teenage girls listening to me long enough to get through Go Dog GO! And the thought of my son sitting on my lap is humorous---he towers over me at 5 foot 10 inches. I am happy to report all three kids have a love for reading and enjoy discussing the plot of my novels and the concepts of my picture books.
Being a preschool teacher I get to read to young children several times a week. There are a lot of books to choose from. Here are a few of my favorites.
(Gotta love the pen name!) This book is beautifully illustrated by David McPhail and moves through the alphabet introducing interesting animals to children.
Amazing illustrations, neat animals, and alphabet concepts of this book make it one I read to my students every year.
How Big is a Million by Anna Milbourne and illustrated by Serena Riglietti.
This book is LOVED by young children because of the adorable penguin. Kids 5 years and up will be able to grasp the number concept, making this book a winner as the kids grow.
There is a huge poster included with the book that has one million dots on it----great visual to reveal after reading the story!
This small board book showcases places to visit, historic events, and child geared destinations...all in Indiana. When I read it to my preschoolers the kids were pointing to various pages saying, "I've been to the Children's Museum!", and "We are going to the race," and "I've never been there, that looks cool!"
It's a great check list for Hoosier parents.
For those living in other states---Adam and Mark have books with the same format highlighting your state.
I love mysteries and so do kids! I read The Missing Mitten Mystery by Stephan Kellogg every winter.
Who hasn't lost a mitten? We talk about losing things and how to retrace your steps to find them. This book has adorable characters, cute pictures, and a really good story line.
After reading this book, my class goes on a hunt for my missing preschool keys---I am known for putting them down and not remembering where I left them!
Press Here by Henre Tullet is a book I leave on my preschool shelf year round.
Kids love interactive books and it is a favorite among my students.
Don't Press The Button by Bill Cotter is another interactive favorite. This book is read and 'pushed' so much by my preschoolers I tape torn pages on a continual basis. I will need to buy another copy in the near future!
I have to add The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak to my list of favorites.
A prekindergarten teacher at my school read this to her class and had all of the kids asking her to "Read it again!"
Yep, there are no pictures in the entire book. It had me laughing on page one. The hilarious text has the reader making funny noises and is the perfect book for teachers, grandparents, dads, and moms to read out loud.