CRRL Kids: Talk, Read, & Have Fun With Books and Your Older Toddler
Annotation:Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a mother looking at them. Children love to learn through repetition. This book encourages children to interact with the narrative by repeating the lyrical phrase, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?" with each page-turn. Older Toddler's will be "reading" and telling the story quickly and building their narrative skills. Encourage your child to help you read the story!
Annotation:A nonsense rhyme introduces children to familiar bugs. Includes a fun facts sections.This book uses rhyming text to sound out the names of familiar bugs. It also works on vocabulary by expanding children's knowledge of bugs and their characteristics.
Annotation:A bird, a fox, a dog, and a squirrel overcome minor setbacks to have a very good day. "A Good Day" has beautiful, yet simple illustrations to keep a child's interest and is a great book for teaching about coping and overcoming everyday disappointments. Talk with your child about how it feels to be disappointed and give ideas on what you both can do when that happens.
Annotation:An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo. "Good Night, Gorilla" introduces pattern recognition. What key goes into what cage lock? This book is also humorous and children will love the funny but predictable storyline. Ask your child, "How did the gorilla know which key to use in the lion's lock?" Talk about the keys and their different colors and the locks and their different colors.
Annotation:An alphabet book in which two children demonstrate all the fun that is to be had by making and hearing every kind of noise as they dash about on the farm. This book helps children hear the smaller sounds in words. Have your child make the animal sounds with you and ask, "Which animal makes this sound?"
Annotation:Illustrations and rhyming text describe the activities of animals living in and near a small pond as spring progresses to autumn. This book introduces the concept of seasons and how a pond and its surrounding wildlife change as the seasons pass. Encourage your child to talk about what he sees changing your neighborhood as the seasons change. You can add descriptive words to introduce new vocabulary. She sees leaves fall. You can add, "Yes, big red leaves from the maple tree."
Annotation:One by one, four ducklings find the courage to jump into the pond and paddle with Mama Duck, until only Little Quack is left in the nest, trying to be brave. "Little Quack" has fun, playful language that offers sound affects children love and introduces counting and adding concepts. too. Talk about each of Little Quack's brothers and sisters...their hairdos and facial expressions. Talk about times your child was a little bit" scared or afraid and how to handle those times.
Annotation:Introduces children to color, form, and design as they explore tall giraffes and short mice, squares and circles, light day and dark night. "Over Under" explores a number of concepts that expands a child's knowledge of their world. What does over mean? What does under mean? You can help your child with these concepts by pointing them out through out the day. Example: "The toy is under the bed...the light is over our head."
Annotation:Describes how various earthmoving trucks clean up a dump and make a playground, discussing what such machines as diggers, mixers, bulldozers, and cranes can do. You can talk with your child about the machines they have seen and where they were.
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At this age, young children are ready and able to learn to hold books and understand that we read from left to right. This is a good time to share hardcover picture books because their hands and laps are now big enougjh to hold the larger size. Older toddlers are ready for the more detailed pictures that can be offered in the larger books.