On #ReadAloudTuesday, I read to the Maple students age 3-6 at my son & daughter’s former Montessori school. Young readers are demanding and honest: I strive to share the best of children’s literature with them each week.
Chu’s Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman
The sneezy, adorable panda bear Chu is back! On a trip to the beach, Chu’s nose is tickled by a seagull feather. The result? An enormous, earth-changing sneeze! The ocean water lifts up, letting the shore guests see the ocean friends (including merpandas!). But when it’s time to let the water go back down, Chu can’t muster a sneeze. What’s a little panda to do? Adorable, bold illustrations by Adam Rex compliment this sweet story. New in 2015.
Buster the Little Garbage Truck by Marcia Berneger
Buster is a little truck with a big fear of loud noises. BEEP’s, HONK’s, and CRASHes send him scurrying away! Luckily, he has his sweet, not-so-loud kitten pal by his side. When visiting his Dad at work, Kitten goes missing. Buster must overcome his fear of loud noises to save his dear friend. Spot on for the preschool crowd, if not a tad long. New in 2015.
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
Napille School is hosting Officer Buckle’s safety presentation. No one pays any attention…until Gloria, the new police dog, shows up. Suddenly, Officer Buckle’s presentations are infused with pizzazz and style in the form of Gloria’s unseen, dramatic safety-tip renditions. Thrilled with the newfound attention and surge in safety, Officer Buckle’s visit to a local college is taped. How will Officer Buckle react when he realizes Gloria’s pro-safety antics? A classic must-read with clever, inference-laden illustrations.