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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

My daughter loved this book even more than Chicka Chicka 123 and that is saying a lot since that was one of her favorites.  If you have a little one who is learning the alphabet this is a cute book to pick up.  It follows all the letters as they climb up a coconut tree.  After all the letters get up the tree they find out they are too heavy and everyone tumbles out of the tree.  She loved watching the letters climb up and the rhyming patterns were great.  She always burst out in giggles when the letters fall out with a big chicka chicka BOOM BOOM.  Then she is fascinated as the letters recover from “skinned knees” or “stubbed toes” with the cute illustrations.

My favorite part of this book and the 123 counterpart book is that on the inside covers are the alphabet in both upper case and lower case and the numbers from 1 to 100.  We go through those and it helps her on the few places she gets stuck.  (she mixes up 6 and 9 and M and W)  This also helps her with learning the lower case letters as she is used to seeing just the upper case letters.  I have a lot of fun reading this book to her and would highly suggest it.

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Bears, Bears, Bears by Bob Barner

Daughters age when read: 3 years old

I was fortunate enough to go on a tour of the Chronicle Books office in San Francisco last week and picked this book up while I was there.  I am so glad I did because my daughter loved it.  In her words “This book is so cool!”.  The first thing we looked at was the dust jacket which opens up into a map of the world. On the two edges are descriptions of different types of bears and where they live.  She was excited to see the “snow bears’ (polar bears) and the sloth bears because she loves the sloths in Diego.  So we were having a blast and we had not even started the book yet.

Once we were done pouring over the poster we started reading about all the different things these different types of bears did. There were some familiar ones like the panda bears and some new bears to us like the Sun bears.  She especially enjoyed reading the different facts about the baby bears.  She found it fun comparing how big the baby cubs are at birth compared to how big daddy is.

If you are looking for a fun, educational and interactive book for your little one this is one to check out.

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Listening Time by Elizabeth Verdick

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This was one of those books I randomly came across at the library and thought it looked good because my daughter has been having a hard time during circle time at school. Her teachers say she tends to fidget and not want to listen so we have really been working on that.  In this book they talk about the proper way to listen.  My daughter got really excited because she recognized a lot of the phrases and associated it with preschool.  One of the directions is to sit “criss cross applesauce” which is what her teachers say to do. They also use her favorite phrase from circle time”Zip it and lock it and put it in  your pocket” as you pretend to lock your lips together. She finds that hilarious.  So every time we read this book we reinforce that good listeners sit still and do not talk when the teacher is talking. Her teachers say they have seen an improvement which is awesome.  So if your little one needs some help listening this would be a great book to pick up.

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Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr.

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

I honestly had never heard of this book when we picked it up at the Scholastic warehouse sale but my daughter insisted on getting it.  Since then I’ve seen it mentioned all over the place as a children’s favorite.  For the longest time it was a book my daughter would only ask grandma and grandpa to read to her so I never really saw how she reacted since I was busy with the baby.  Now that grandma and grandpa are gone she has taken to bringing it to me to read to her.  It’s a fun book that is great because it goes past 10 (which my daughter knows pretty well).  It’s a cute story about 0 watching all the other numbers playing in a tree and wondering if there is a place for him.  My daughter enjoys looking at the colorful numbers and asking what they are doing in the tree.  She also likes the pages which has the numbers on them and shocked me by counting up to 30.  Here I always thought she only knew up to 20.  Definitely a fun book that I intend to keep around.

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Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

My daughter and I both enjoyed Llama Llama Misses Mama so we decided to try this one from the library.  Unfortunately I just do not care for it as much even though my daughter does pick it out almost every night since we have borrowed it.  She does not get as in to it as she does with other books though.  Usually when we read a book she asks questions about the pictures or what is going on but for the most part she stays silent during this one.  So not quite sure why she keeps picking it out.

As to why I don’t care for it, it’s because I think it actually makes her more nervous about going to bed and shows her a lot of behaviors like yelling, stomping feet, etc. that I rather her not get into her head.  With kids her age I notice often times it’s the bad behavior that sinks in more initially rather than the good behavior.  I’m keeping this one until the due date or until she stops picking it at night but most likely not one we will purchase.

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I’m 3! Look What I Can Do by Maria Carluccio

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This book looked so cute I had to request it from my library.  They totally rock.  They didn’t have the book but I put in a purchase request and voila!  This book is very simple but the illustrations are great and they have made a monumental change in my daughter.  We have been having a hard time getting her to sleep in her own bed but the very first page of this book is I can sleep in my bed.  So when we read this book at night my daughter tells me that she can sleep in her own bed and voluntarily goes to her own bed.  There are also other positive messages that help like I can clean up and I can hug and kiss my mom good bye at school.  So I use these pages to reinforce that she doesn’t have to cry when I drop her off at school and she shouldn’t throw temper tantrums when it’s time to clean up.

I know I’m going on and on about why I liked it but my daughter loves this book too.  She gets excited when we read things like how the girl in the book can use a fork and spoon and she can too.  My daughter loves relating the pages to her own life.  One page is about the daddy giving the girl a bath and my daughter talks about how I give her a bath instead of her daddy.  All in all I hate to return this one to the library and highly recommend it.

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Ten Bouncing Balloons by Quinlan B. Lee

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

I bought this one from one of the Scholastic Warehouse sales and unfortunately cannot find an image of the cover.  It’s a wonderful book though and my daughter loves it.  I’ve had to ad lib the text a little until she got a little older (I think I bought it when she was around 2).  We have a lot of fun reading it together and I think it also helped her learn how to count down from 10 to 1.  It starts off with ten care bears and ten balloons.  There are actual raised, plastic heart balloons and after you turn each page there is one less balloon until you get to just one balloon and one care bear.  My daughter loves counting down to 1 and also practices her counting by counting the number of balloons left on each page.  If you are able to get a copy this is a fun counting book.

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