Favorite with EL Tips: Every Color Soup by Jorey Hurley

The ingredients for vegetable soup are depicted in simply drawn illustrations in this inviting, straightforward book about common foods and colors for toddlers.  Most page spreads present one ingredient and the word for its color, with ending spreads featuring the word and picture for a cooking action.  A recipe for vegetable soup is provided. (Early literacy tips: Identify the items and foods in the pictures; point to the word on each page as you read it; name other foods with the identified colors.) Place hold.

Favorite with EL Tips: Gotta Go, Buffalo: A Silly Book of Fun Goodbyes by Haily Meyers

Silly and fun indeed! The title of this oversized board book for toddlers says it all. Each page spread features a goodbye phrase that rhymes with an animal in the style of “See you later, alligator.” The words appear in a word bubble on the left page and the animal is hidden behind a flap on the right page. Young listeners will learn the rhymes in no time! (Early literacy tips: Point to the words as you read them; introduce new vocabulary by describing the “habitat” pictures that hide the flaps.) Place hold.

Favorite with EL Tips: So Far Up by Susanne Strasser

With the help of animal friends, bear tries to get a cake that is way out of reach in this humorous board book for toddlers and preschoolers. Plenty of repetitve language and a cumulative storyline invite listeners to share in the storytelling. (Early literacy tips: Point to the new animal on each page before reading its name; ask listeners to predict what will happen as new animals appear to help bear; ask listeners to say some of the repeating sentences with you and point to the words as you read; slowly say the onomatopoeia words that start each page, emphasizing letter sounds.) Place hold.

Favorite with EL Tips: Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet by Mrs. Peanuckle

Lots of new vocabulary words and information about vegetables accompany the letters of the alphabet in this colorful, lightly humorous board book for toddlers and preschoolers. Smiling vegetables, a wide variety of text colors and styles, and bright backgrounds make for plenty of visual engagement! (Early literacy tips: Point to highlighted words and their pictures as you read; identify colors; ask listeners to think of other foods that begin with featured letters.) Place hold.  Also see: Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet.

Favorite with EL Tips: I Am Going to Bed by Liesbet Slegers

A little boy proceeds through his bedtime routine in this brightly-colored book for toddlers and preschoolers. Many words, including those associated with bedtime, are in large font, and half-pages give the book a lift-the-flap feel. (Early literacy tips: Point to the words in large type as you read them and to the pictures they represent; identify items and colors in the illustrations; ask young listeners to describe their bedtime routines.)
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Favorite with EL Tips: When the Snow Falls by Linda Booth Sweeney

Rhyming text featuring punchy, two-word sentences with one noun and verb each give this book for toddlers and preschoolers a peppy, staccato rhythm. Colorful stylized illustrations present snow-filled scenes full of movement and joy. (Early literacy tips: Emphasize the rhyming words as you read them; introduce new vocabulary as you describe and identify the activity and items in the illustrations; have fun thinking of your own list of interesting noun/verb pairs!) Place holds.

 

Favorite with EL Tips: Buster and the Baby by Amy Hest

Repetitive phrases and playful illustrations advance this sweet story for toddlers and preschoolers about a game of hide-and-seek between a baby and her dog. Listeners will enjoy anticipating baby’s success is finding Buster after his many attempts at hiding. (Early literacy tips: Point to the repeating words as you read them and encourage young listeners to say them with you; ask listeners to describe the action in the pictures and to guess what might happen next.) Place hold.

 

Favorite with EL Tips: William’s Winter Nap by Linda Ashman

A variety of  animals ask a little boy to share his increasingly crowded but cozy bed in this take on a traditional tale for toddlers and preschoolers. Each new animal climbs in after initial protests from the already ensconced group until a large bear tests the limits of both bed and occupants. Rhyming text adds rhythm to the reading, and the glow of interior light featured in the illustrations evokes the contrast between the boy’s warm home and the cold winter night. (Early literacy tips: Point to the onomatopoeic words as you read them and mimic the motion that might make the sound; ask listeners to anticipate what will happen after each new animal snuggles into bed; point to the repeating words as you read them; emphasize rhyming words.) Place hold.

Favorite with EL Tips: Bamboo for Me, Bamboo for You by Fran Manushkin

Brother and sister Panda play, argue and espouse the joys of chewing bamboo in this humorous story for toddlers and preschoolers. The illustrations feature stylized, happy animals eating their preferred fare, and the spare, rhyming text in presented in word bubbles. (Early literacy tips: Emphasize the rhyming words as you read them; introduce new vocabulary as you describe the pictures; talk about and write down names of other animals and what they eat.)
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Favorite with EL Tips: Snow Scene by Richard Jackson

A few words on each page comprise a gentle rhyming text that asks young listeners to name the pictured elements of changing seasons. The brightly colored illustrations have a blurred, out-of-focus quality that produces an inviting warmth and softness. The text, while minimal, includes some interesting vocabulary. (Early literacy tips: Engage listeners by describing the pictures; identify colors; point to each word as you read it; emphasize the rhyming words.)
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