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:
The Village Garage by G. Brian Karas
Spring has come, which means there’s lots to do for the workers at the Village Garage! Sticks to clean up, leaves to rake, and roads to clean. And as soon as the spring work is over, summer arrives with new jobs…then fall…then winter…and then spring all over again. A great story to showcase the constant cycle of seasons with a friendly, garage-themed story. Perfect for the youngest fans of large trucks and road tools. Share with ages 3-5.
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming
It’s spring, and Mr. McGreeley is planting a garden! Only he’s not expecting three hungry, clever bunnies. No matter what he does, the pesky puff-tails always get into his garden to munch on his precious lettuce, carrots, peas and tomatoes. A perfect read-aloud, this story is my go-to every spring (even though I read it to the same class last year). A hands-down winner with the pre-k crowd. Make the “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!” refrain a choral reading with hand movements, and this story is elevated to an even higher level of awesome. (Yes, I’m biased: I think Candace Fleming is amazing!) Highly recommended. Share with ages 3+.
When Elephant Met Giraffe by Paul Gude
Elephant talks – a lot. Giraffe doesn’t – not ever. In three short stories (“The Water Hole”, “Making Pretzels”, “The Bossy Pirate”), these two unexpected friends navigate communication challenges, cleanliness issues, and bossy behavior. Friendship is hard work, as these two learn…but it’s worth it. With notes of Mo Willems’s Elephant and Piggie and Laura Vacarro Seeger’s Dog and Bear, this simple picture book addresses common challenges of preschoolers with fresh, original characters. Highly recommended. Share with ages 2-5.