Each Tuesday, I read stories to 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:
The Popcorn Dragon by Jane Thayer
Dexter the Dragon has a cool new talent: he can blow smoke! When he decides to show off his skill by performing more and more elaborate tricks (smoke rings around his tail!) for Giraffe, Zebra and Elephant, his friends leave. How will Dexter, now lonely, earn their friendship back? This is a classic tale highlighting the difficulties of boasting and keeping friends.
Share with ages 3-7.
Brownie and Pearl Grab a Bite by Cynthia Rylant
It’s lunchtime for young Brownie and her cat Pearl. What should they eat and drink? Short and sweet, this is a wonderful new offering from the multi-talented Rylant. With simple vocabulary, repetition, and spot-on artwork (thanks, Brian Biggs!), these are a lovely introduction to the I Can Read books in libraries and bookstores.
Share with ages 2-6.
Santiago Stays by Angela Dominguez
A young boy calls, tempts, bribes, and yells, but Santiago the dog does not get up. He stays. Why? (Answer: to watch over baby sister). Another short and sweet story with inviting artwork, families with preschoolers and infants will find much to appreciate.
Share with ages 2-5.