Welcome! As Veteran’s Day is tomorrow, I visited my boy H’s Montessori class a day early to share stories about friendship and patience.
No Fits, Nilson! by Zachariah OHora
Amelia’s blue gorilla Nilson is prone to throwing fits when he doesn’t get what he wants. It’s what young Amelia does to help calm him down that’s exceptional: she speaks calmly to him, looks him in the eye, distracts him with something else, and makes errand-running sound like an adventure. So how does Nilson react when Amelia has a fit over ice-cream? Highlighting a classic kid-moment – fit-throwing in public – OHora’s Nilson addresses possible solutions in a gentle, easy manner. Share with ages 2-7.
A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker
Cantankerous Bear and optimistic Mouse are back, with Mouse persuading Bear to visit the local library in their newest adventure. Bear hesitates over the trip: he already has seven books at home, and the library looks awfully big. Still, Bear follows Mouse inside, where his typical thunderous expressions of frustration – this time over the lack of pickle books – are not welcome in the quiet storytime area. It’s up to the clever Mouse and librarian to find the perfect story to quell Bear’s irritation. Memorable characters, lush vocabulary, and charming watercolor illustrations make this a story for all library-lovers. Share with ages 3-9.
Sleepover with Bear and Beatrice by Mônica Carnesi
Winter’s here, which means it’s time for Bear to hibernate. His friend Beatrice, though, wants to come along: the little bunny thinks the winter hibernation sounds like a super sleepover. Once Bear settles down, though, Beatrice is left alone for the long winter months. Rather than dwell on her missing friend, she decides find a way share winter with her best friend. Creative problem-solving and respecting differences are showcased in this lovely, winter-themed book. Recommended. Share with ages 3-7.
Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
Piggie’s got a surprise for Gerald. It’s big, it’s pretty, it can be shared…but Gerald must wait. And wait. And WAIT. GROAN! Gerald’s been waiting so long that the whole day is gone – it’s getting dark outside and he still hasn’t gotten Piggie’s surprise. Or has he? Willems understands his audience and writes their stories, their frustrations, like no other. Being a kid and having to wait is not easy…but it’s made easier with books like Piggie and Elephant. Highly recommended. Share with ages 3+.
Read-Aloud Tuesday is a time when I read aloud in my son’s Montessori classroom (ages 3-6). Young readers are demanding and honest: I strive to share the best of the best with them each week.