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 titles:
Bear and Bee: too busy by Sergio Ruzzier
Bear wants to play with Bee, yet Bee is always too busy. Will friendly Bear grow frustrated with hard-working Bee? Can Bee take a break to play with is friend? Short and simple with cheerful illustrations perfect for the pre-k crowd. Share with ages 3-6.
The End (Almost) by Jim Benton
Donut’s story begins with a burp. The End. But wait! It can’t be The End – Donut isn’t done yet. His story must continue! Donut’s speech bubbles articulate why, exactly, his story isn’t over to the ready-for-the-end Narrator (the reader). Full of silliness and with bold illustrations, this is a book guaranteed to make the littles laugh. Please don’t let this be the last time we see Donut in a book! Share with ages 3-8.
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
A little fish stole a hat. He knows it’s wrong, but he couldn’t help himself. And now he’s on the run from the very large fish he stole it from – the fish who should still be sleeping (but isn’t), the fish who can’t follow him (he does), the fish who will never find him where the plants grow close together. Does he? Klassen’s Hat books are pure genius with many opportunities for discussion. Preschoolers are properly outraged at “stealing” a hat, and they’re focused on the slight changes to characters as the story moves along. Highly recommended. Share with ages 3+.
The Tortoise and the Hare retold by Janet Stevens
Slow and steady Tortoise is set to race speedy, arrogant Hare. The result (or moral) is one that’s perfect to share with young learners: slow and steady wins the race. Stevens’s retelling of one of Aesop’s most famous fables is pitch-perfect for the preschool crowd. Share with ages 3-7.