Ah January. Long, hot days, time off work to spend with the family… and some great children’s books to start off a new year! With little ones heading off on new adventures to day care, preschool or school, these books might be just the thing to spark their imaginations or help them learn new skills. Welcome to the January 2019 Children’s Book Roundup!
The Clue is in the Poo (and other stuff too) Andy Seed and Claire Almon
I’m yet to meet a toddler who isn’t fascinated by bodily functions. Why not show them that poo is a common feature of the animal world. Even better, we can learn so much from the droppings of animals!
The Clue is in the Poo is a brilliant book for the budding wildlife detective in your house. It is funny and amazingly informative, even for adults. I found it hard to put down.
Shoelaces are Impossible – Ed Allen and Nathaniel Eckstrom
I have vivid memories of learning to tie my shoelaces. In my kindergarten year I remember not knowing what to do. I asked a self-professed “expert” from my class to help me. He proceeded to tie the most incredible, intricately knotted and completely-unable-to-be-undone mess that I have ever seen.
If only I’d had a book like Shoelaces are Impossible handy. Like my kindergarten self, the caterpillar in the story finds tying shoelaces very difficult. Unlike me, the caterpillar receives some useful advice. Although he still finds it very tricky, with a lot of practice and patience he is finally able to tie his laces.
In Blossom – Yooji Cheon
In Blossom is a delightful story of a simple interaction between two strangers on “a sun twinkling, breeze-blowing day”, on a park bench under cherry blossom trees. The illustrations are delightful, with the magic of cherry blossom trees captured beautifully.
On the First Day of School – P. Crumble and Dean Rankine
On the First Day of School is a light-hearted insight into what children can expect when they attend school for the first time. Composed in the style of The Twelve Days of Christmas, this book is a blast to sing. Fun illustrations add to the enjoyment – especially the poor little koala who always seems to have to wee!
First Children’s Dictionary – DK
A strong vocabulary is a powerful thing to have. Knowledge of words and their meaning unlocks understanding of concepts. First Children’s Dictionary is an excellent resource for little people with big minds who are begging to expand their vocabulary. Colour-coded sections and the alphabet located down the side of each page help children to quickly find the right place. The vibrant pages are attractive for children and invite them to explore the glorious bounty of words within.
Throughout the dictionary are full-page spreads that enhance understanding of key concepts. The dictionary is littered with example sentences that help to further develop understanding, and thoughtful tips help beginner spellers to avoid some of the pitfalls of the English language (like knowing the difference between night and knight, for example).
Like any good dictionary, First Children’s Dictionary identifies the type of word. At the front of the dictionary is a detailed explanation of how each type of word is used in a sentence.
First Children’s Dictionary is an absolutely brilliant resource.
Visual Guide to Grammar and Punctuation – DK
Grammar in the English language is a minefield. If you want to make most adults uncomfortable in a conversation, start asking questions like, “What is the purpose of an auxiliary verb?” or “What is the difference between a coordinating conjunction and a subordinating conjunction?”.
If concepts of grammar are so tricky for adults, imagine how difficult they can be for young children who are just beginning to get a grasp of the incredibly complex beast that is the English Language. Thankfully, the Visual Guide to Grammar and Punctuation is here to help. This book breaks complex features of grammar and punctuation down into simple-to-understand sections. Clear pictures help to further enhance understanding. For us parents, a book like this might just be a godsend as our children start asking some very difficult questions.
Disclosure – these books were provided to Blog of Dad free of charge for the January 2019 Children’s Book Roundup. For further information, please visit my disclosure statement.