Press Here is the kind of children’s book I LOVE. It capitalizes beautifully on children’s interest in cause and effect as well as their willingness to suspend disbelief. Watch as one yellow dot become three, change color, size, and move all around the page – all because the reader pushed the dot, rubbed the dot, or shook or tilted the book. The pages of the hard cover edition are thick, but I would love to see it as an even sturdier board book, to further withstand my children’s enthusiasm! I found both this book and Blue Chameleon (see below) via What Do We Do All Day?
Sisters of Scituate Light came recommended by Adventures in Mommydom, and Ticia designed a cool craft to go along with this story. We haven’t done the craft (yet), but I really enjoyed this true story about the Scituate lighthouse. The sisters make excellent heroines for kids to look up to.
Between Ticia’s blog and our discovery this week of Liberty’s Kids (available on Netflix streaming!), Emma’s getting a fun introduction to US History this summer! Johnny isn’t quite ready for the blunt discussion of killing in Sisters of Scituate Light (no illustrations, although the British soldiers look a bit pirate-ish to me), or the very toned down depiction of the Boston Tea Party in Liberty’s Kids.
Follow That Map! was a huge hit with both Emma and Johnny. Johnny focused on finding the different map symbols on the page, while Emma learned some actual map reading skills from this cute story. Lily thinks the illustrations are pretty cute, too! We found this book through Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns.
I love the simplicity of Blue Chameleon, the story of a chameleon in search of a friend. But the book’s true worth is found in the artwork it inspired from Johnny:
Blue Chameleon has at least two friends waiting for him at our house!
Also sharing this post at Smiling Like Sunshine