Summary: Teeth Are Not for Biting, a part of the “Best Behavior” series by Elizabeth Verdick, really has made a difference in our lives. This book was perfect since my 2 year old has been biting me and my husband for several months. Even though he is not very verbal, he does understand what we are reading and I could tell that was certainly the case with this book. As I read to him he sat quietly and listened intently through the entire book, which is unusual for him. Since we read it, he has not bitten once. I would highly recommend this book for anyone with toddlers, but especially for those with a need to chew. (Great punch line ending!)
Pros: Excellent resource to teach children not to bite people and how to appropriately deal with the feelings that cause children to bite. A perfect size for toddlers to hold, this board book is exceptionally durable.
Cons: Why didn’t I check this book out earlier!? (Great way to close this review, Sarah! I’m glad to know about this book, in case I ever need to advise a young mother.)
Age Range: 6 months – 3 years
Sleepy Squirrel by Amye Rosenberg has been a long-time favorite of my 2nd daughter, Abigail. I think the reason she loves it so much is because she relates easily with the little squirrel who just cannot believe that she is sleepy. Throughout her bedtime routine of eating a snack, brushing her teeth, taking a bath, and putting on her pajamas she insists sweetly at every turn that she is not sleepy. Of course, by the end of the book she is quietly snoring before her bedtime story is even done. While doing research for this book, I found it for sale on Amazon for over $1,000 –used! Even though our copy is not in great shape, I will be keeping it safe from now on so I can read it in the future over and over.
Pros: This board book is easy for little hands to hold, sturdy enough for toddlers to handle the pages, and a short, but precious read for any child.
Cons: Due to the price, this is probably not a book you would want to buy, but one that could be borrowed from the library and kept in a safe place.
Age Range: 1-6
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Summary: A couple of weeks ago, I checked out The Big Book of Things that Go (a Dorling-Kindersley book) for my son, who is nearly 2. Being a wiggly toddler, he rarely actually sits down to read to a book, but listens well on the go. He LOVES anything with wheels, so I thought this book might just entice him to sit in my lap for a few minutes. IT WORKED! Last night he sat still for over 20 minutes looking carefully at each page and making the corresponding noises required by any boy. He doesn’t usually talk much (his sisters do plently of that for him!), so I was surprised when he remarked on the colors of a few of the vehicles and different parts of a car. There are a few words explaining various aspects of the items which could keep older children and parents engaged while the little ones admire the pictures.
Pros: Very clear illustrations (even for my vision-impaired children), well-organized, interesting tid-bits about different aspects of some vehicles.
Cons: If you can’t make vehicular noises, it just probably won’t be as cute!
Age Range: Newborn to adult (my husband found it very entertaining!)
Summary: Our family LOVES all things Curious George! We enjoyed the movies, really liked the PBS series, and absolutely love the books. Today was “Dinosaur Day” at our Vacation Bible School, so I checked out this book to read to the toddler/preschool class that I was teaching. Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery is short and entertaining with simple, colorful illustrations. The kids enjoyed anticipating George’s next trouble in his adventure and I appreciated that I did not feel the need to skip over parts of the book or change wording to make it fit the true story of dinosaurs.
Pros: A book about dinosaurs that leaves out the controversial “science.” Simple, entertaining, colorful.
Age Range: 2-7 years
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