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Summer Reading is Here

on June 3, 2013

The 2013 Summer Reading Celebration has begun in San Jose, and my little bookworm is all signed up and ready to go. We signed up online, and have this neat little activity sheet to print out and fill in, like a bingo card.

summer reading logAs you can see, we’ve already completed 3 different boxes. Last night, we read Bom! Went the Bear, and Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails by Nancy Tafuri. My husband and I took turns holding our little bookworm in our lap while we read to him. I’ve been singing Two Little Blackbirds to the bookworm when he’s on my lap. He enjoys this rhymes the most, I think because of the motion of my hands and disappearing fingers. He’s not a fan of the Wheels on the Bus or Hickory Dickory Dock at all, but Two Little Blackbirds definitely catches his eye.

BOM! went the bear Bom! Went the Bear by Nicki Greenberg

Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2011.

Find this book at your local library

Summary: When Bear, who plays a noisy bass drum, marches throughout the land, he is joined by other enthusiastic musicians determined to deliver a command performance.

This is a really cute book, and one I think would be perfect for storytime for the preschool crowd. A lone bear just wants to play his drum, but at every turn, he is interrupted by a musical ruckus by all the other animals in the forest. As the pages turn, you see the bear look more and more forlorn, as the other animals are having a fantastic and loud time playing their instruments and hitting their high notes. This book is great on so many levels. The illustrations are wonderfully drawn, colorful but not overwhelming. There is a huge variety of instruments from drums, to xylophones to everything inbetween. It isn’t too wordy, so its great for small infants. For the most part, the words in the book correleate to the noises an instrument makes, so its a great tool to teach children about music and sounds. The little bookworm had his eye on this book the whole time we were reading it. I was quite impressed.

Spots, feathers, and curly tails Spots, Feather’s and Curly Tails by Nancy Tafuri

New York : Greenwillow Books, ©1988.

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Summary: Questions and answers highlight some outstanding characteristics of farm animals, such as a chicken’s feathers and a horse’s mane.

I’m pretty sure I’ve reviewed this book a number of times already. It was one of my regular titles in rotation for baby storytimes.

Are you a cow?Are You a Cow by Sandra Boynton

New York : Little Simon, 2012, ©2010.

Find this book at your local library

Summary: Readers respond to a chicken’s questions about different animals and learn how great it is to just be themselves

Sandra Boynton is quickly becoming one of my favorite children’s book authors. Her books are perfect board books for small children. The illustrations are adorable (I want to frame all of the animals). Many of the animals are recurring throughout her other titles, so its a great way to keep some consistency for children when reading a set of books. This book goes through a series of different animals, asking the child if they are a cow, or a pig, or a duck, etc. It’s very simple, but it encompasses so much in such few words. My little bookworm is also a huge fan of Sandra Boynton, often staring at the illustrations long after I’ve finished talking. Her books are ones I can read to him over and over again without losing his attention.

Have you signed your little on up for Summer Reading? Is 3.5 months too young? Nah. Share some of your summer reading adventures and favorite books!

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