Yes, there are lots of picture books about counting to choose from. However, Good Night (Not Really): Let's Count FORWARD and BACKWARD is a quirky, colorful new addition worth checking out. As the title indicates, little ones learn to count forward and backward. The text takes you to fun, unexpected places, while the illustrations are cheerful, warm, and endearing.
“Ronnie’s Pool” is a charming little story for very young readers (or listeners to Mom’s stories), that’s perfect for bedtime or any other time, day or night.
"Little Palm" is the story of a palm tree who has some friends who help her dress up. Today, Little Palm has a party she needs to get ready for: an Earth Day party that is also her birthday! Good thing Little Palm likes to dress up, because her friends, Tavi and Tylee, like to make her colorful and sparkly.
"The Runaway" is a really good book about a boy who is tired of his parents arguing, and decides to run away, changing from animal to animal along the way. However, when he finally gets to a faraway island, he realizes that the place he just left—that is, the place he calls home—is the place where he should be. Ultimately, I believe that the moral of the story is to be grateful for what we have, and that what we want is often not what is good for us, because we can't h've everything in life.
"The Polka-Dotted Penguin" is a story about a baby penguin who is born different.
“Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit” is the second book in the Cooper the Dog series by Michelle Lander Feinberg. In the first book, Cooper gets rescued as a stray and joins a loving family. Now, the family is worried about his obsession with chasing rabbits!
s a wonderful story about the spirit of Christmas and the reason for the holiday celebration.
Author Andrea Coke addresses diversity and representation in such a reverberating way that resonates with children and people of diverse backgrounds. Using something as simple as a doll that most people take for granted, Coke shows readers both young and old the power of diversity and inclusion. The illustrations penned by M Fernanda Orozco further show children the lack of inclusion on toy store shelves and displays, in realistic color and graphically crisp images.
"Maria Wants a Dog" by Brenda Akwar is another story in her "Little Miss Maria's World" series, written in English and French. Maria is excited about the fact that she is about to turn six years old! Maria is promised a pet dog on her birthday but isn't sure which kind to choose.
Did you know that the numbers on a clock have creatures that live in them? I learned that in the story "The Tocks on the Clock," by Jozef Richards. A little girl named Desi and her pet cat and pet dog explore the land inside a clock where the Tocks live. The pictures are neat to look at for each of the Tocks; they are colorful, and the creatures look crazy!
The story of "Car Show Countdown" is a group of ten classic cars in a competition to win the title. Each vehicle has a short write-up about it but doesn't say "is it fast?" to an outsider. Cars include the Corvette, Jeep, T-Bird, Mustang, and Cadillac as some of the contestants. The story is short and sweet in that each explanation is the type of car, and a sentence containing a mini description, then immediately following, is the announcement.
"Winston the Traveling Dog" is a comical story that is appropriate to read at any time. I loved that Lydia learned about landmarks and people from around the world in the story while also reading an enjoyable story. The reading level is right at her level, although she would have trouble with the landmark names. Reading "Winston the Traveling Dog" was enjoyable for both Lydia and me; this story is great for any aged reader.
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