Author: Eileen Spinelli
Illustrator: Archie Preston
Summary: In this short and sweet rhyming book, Eileen Spinelli manages to remind readers to be thankful for the things and people in their lives. Be prepared for the hugs that are sure to come when you read this book out loud to your kids!
Recommended Ages: 4 to 8 years
Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a sweet book to remind kids (and adults) to be thankful for the little (and big) things in life.
Extension Activities: Have your kids write thank you letters to someone special.
Charlotte and the Rock
Author: Stephen W. Martin
Illustrator: Samantha Cotterill
Summary: Charlotte wanted a pet, and any kind of pet would do! She’s super excited when her parents give her one for her 6th birthday. Unfortunately, a pet rock was NOT quite what she was expecting. She decides to have a positive attitude, and even attempts to do all the normal things you do with a pet like taking it for a walk, feeding it, and giving it a bath. You and your child be sure to laugh at the surprising ending!
Recommended Ages: 3 to 6 years
Themes, Skills, & Concepts: If you’ve been talking about getting a pet, this would be a cute book to use for some giggles!
Extension Activities: Make your own pet rock with this fun activity here. Click here!
On the Spot: Countless Funny Stories
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Lea Redmond
Illustrator: Sanne te Loo
Summary: In the crazy theme of mad libs, this book takes you and your child on a crazy story telling adventure! You start off with a series of small object you and your child collect from around the house. Before you read each page, your child selects ONE object and that object is put into the story! You and your kids will sure to giggle up through the end!
Recommended Ages: 6 to 9 years
Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a great book to read to start talking about how to write a story.
Extension Activities: Check out these fun print-at-home stickers to use with the book! Click here!
The Good-For-Nothing Button
Author: Mo Willems & Charise Mericle Harper
Illustrator: Mo Willems & Charise Mericle Harper
Summary: Yellow Bird has a special red button that he shares with Red Bird and Blue Bird. What makes it special? It does absolutely nothing! But, as Red Bird and Blue Bird try it out, they soon find that the special button DOES have some mysterious powers! Read to find out what that power actually is!
Recommended Ages: 4 to 8 years
Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a fun book to talk about feelings and your imagination.
Extension Activities: Have fun coloring this book activity page. Click here!
Norton and Alpha
Author: Kristyna Litten
Illustrator: Kristyna Litten
Summary: Norton collects things big and small to use in his inventions. One day, he goes out collecting with his invention Alpha and finds something very unusual. After performing many experiments in his lab, Norton determines it is not useful and throws it out the window. To their surprise, an amazing thing happens that changes the way Norton views his collections.
Recommended Ages: 5 to 8 years
Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This would be a fun book to use to talk about using your imagination to create things. It can also be used to talk about plants and enjoying things for what they are.
Extension Activities: Have your child plan their own seeds and watch them grow.
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