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:
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszca
Told from the Wolf’s point-of-view, this fractured fairy tale gives the REAL story behind The Three Little Pigs. Mr. Wolf – he’s neither Big nor Bad – has a cold, and he wants to borrow a cup of sugar. That sets off the chain of events that causes him to sneeze down houses while making a neighborly request. Really, it was all a great misunderstanding! Humorous for kids and adults, this tale will have your audience giggling while admiring illustrator Lane Smith’s caracatures. Share with ages 4+.
Betty Bunny Wants a Goal by Michael B. Kaplan
Betty Bunny, the precocious preschooler, is on the soccer team and wants to score a goal. After a disappointing first game, she quits soccer in classic Betty Bunny style, yelling “I hate soccer! Soccer is YUCKY!” while stuffing her uniform into the trash. Her siblings, including wise Kate, all-boy Henry and smarty-pants Bill, talk her into trying again. It isn’t until Betty Bunny starts to practice that she sees results. The characterization of sibling dynamics is spot-on in this hysterical read that’s a winner for kids and adults alike. Share with ages 3+.
Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses by James Dean
Pete the Cat is having a blue-mood day, until his friend Grumpy Toad gives him a pair of cool, blue, magic sunglasses. Wearing the shades, Pete sees the positive: “The birds are singing / The sky is bright / The sun is shining / I’m feeling alright!” He loans his shades to other friends in need, until he accidentally breaks them. Can Pete still have a sunny outlook without his sunglasses? A great story to highlight having a positive outlook and demeanor, Pete is a winner with every pre-k student out there. Share with ages 2-8.
My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems
This Elephant and Piggie Book focuses on Gerald the Elephant and Snake, who realize that their BFF’s are playing together. They think this is fun…until they worry that their friends are having TOO MUCH FUN without them! Making new friends is hard, but so is sharing them. Elephant and Piggie are great models for kids going through the same challenges. These are fantastic beginner reader books with entertaining dialogue for adult listeners. Share with ages 3-8.