Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier
Lots of Dots is a wonderfully illustrated concept book linking ordinary objects in a child’s life to simple little dots. There is an easy rhyme to the book, and did I mention that the illustrations are absolutely wonderful? I’ve been reading this book with my soon-to-be 2-year-old and he is in love with this book. In fact, I checked this book out to read for my baby/toddler storytime at the library, but my son has been having so much fun with it at home, I haven’t had the heart to take it back to the library yet. There are big dots (a drum) and small dots (spots on a ladybug). Dots that are heavy (dumbbells) and dots that are light (bubbles). Etc. He has fun identifying the objects he recognizes (bubbles, eggs, etc) and learning new vocabulary at the same time. Although there isn’t much text in the book, everything is referred to as a dot. It is up to the reader to match the dot to the tangible object.
Primary Reading Skills
New Words (Vocabulary) As I mentioned above, the text in the book is sparse. Readers will have provide the vocabulary for all the dots scattered throughout the book.
Love Books (Print Motivation) This one will definitely inspire a love of book with its easy flow, colorful and eye-catching illustrations.
How to Use This Book
This is a great baby/toddler storytime book. The book is quite large, when lends itself well for large crowds. It covers simple concepts and is read at a quick pace for short attention spans. It can be added to a number of themes, but I’d go with a shapes or opposites theme.
Point out objects in the book that appear in your own or in your outings. If you normally eat scrambled eggs, make them over-easy to match the eggs in the book. Point out different dots in the home that aren’t mentioned in the book. See what other shapes your child can identify.