Each Tuesday, I read stories in my boy H’s Montessori classroom. In classic librarian form, I research and choose books I think they’ll like (and that I like, too!). Here are this week’s choices:
Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows
It’s time to hibernate! But with a train full of noisy, active animals, how can anyone fall asleep? Sweet and rhyming. While perfectly timed to the season, I wasn’t wowed by this book today…and I know my lack of joy was apparent. Reminder to self: only read books aloud that you love. Period. Share with ages 2-5.
Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen
Tiny little fly may be tiny and little, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t have a big impact! He buzzes around large, fierce animals with little regard to his safety, even as the animals try to tramp, roll and swat him away. This book was so fun! Short, simple, repetitive, and predictable – all the traits of a wonderful read-aloud for a young group. The students sat silently, watching the tiny little fly buzz his way around all the animals. Share with ages 2-6.
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
It’s time for each letter of the alphabet to shine on stage! A is for Apple, B is for Ball, C is for Cat…so M must be for Moose. But when M is called, it is Mouse that hears his name, and Moose is horrified. The natural result? An all-out, attention-seeking tantrum, of course! An all-out, pitch-perfect delight. Moose’s personality is recognizable to anyone who has worked with (or parented) young children, and his behavior after not getting what he wanted is a great catalyst for a discussion on appropriate / inappropriate behavior choices. The kids loved Moose. This is one book I hope all children get to experience. Share with ages 2-7.
Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip C. Stead
Ruby is a little bird who is making new friends the best way she can: by introducing herself to each new animal she meets and asking “Will you be my friend?” She flies with one new friend and walks with another, making new friends with apparent ease. What happens, then, when one animal tells her “No, thank you.” and walks away. Broaching the sticky topic of “but they don’t want to be my friend,” this book had kids thinking and talking this very real situation. Gentle and open, there are no easy answers given in the book. I think was appreciated by the students, as it allowed the kids to talk about the situation and offer personal insight and experiences. New in 2013. Share with ages 3-7.