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:
Bertie loves the color blue and desperately wants a dog – a blue dog. He’s pretended to walk a dog, feed a dog, and play fetch, so when he finds a black and white stray, he’s at a loss: it is a dog…but it isn’t blue. Or is it? Simple and straightforward, a lovely story to share with preschoolers, since all are familiar with playing pretend and wanting something (like a dog?) so, so badly. Share with ages 3-6.
Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kirby
Tink is a dachshund, a momma raising puppies. Pink is a piglet, the runt of the litter. Pink is not thriving in the barn, as she isn’t getting enough to eat. Brought indoors to live – and ultimately thrive – Pink is welcomed and becomes part of Tink’s expanded family. A true story illustrated with photographs, this one is always a crowd favorite. Share with ages 3-10.
Pet Show! by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter and Archie are going to the Pet Show! Peter is bringing Willie, and Archie wants to bring the cat (a stray)… A long hunt for the cat proves fruitless, and Archie shows up at the pet show with the most unexpected pet of all (hint: it causes sniffles in everyone). How does Archie respond when the cat shows up to the pet show with a different person? I love-love Ezra Jack Keats and think all children should grow up knowing the world of Peter, Archie, Willie and friends. A winner. Share with ages 3-7.