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Learn to Read

NEW! Grandma Bubbles Books for Young Readers!

Teaching your preschooler to read? Grandma Bubbles has written some original, fun, colorful books that contain engaging stories that will keep your reader wanting to come back for more.

Jump in with Kit and Glug and teach your child how fun reading can be!

Click on the picture below or visit Grandma Bubbles' site at grandmabubblesbooks.com.

My preschool girls love reading Grandma Bubbles Books. Click here to see them read a few pages from the Kit and Glug series.

Here are some other products to help your child in their reading adventure:

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Preschool Resources

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Here are some great books that are full of activities and ideas for toddlers and preschoolers!


Favorite Websites

StarFall

When my daughter was 2 1/2 years old I taught her how to use a mouse. I then set her loose on starfall.com. It is full of learning activities for kids. My daughter knew all of her letters and sounds long before she was 3, thanks to this site.

Starfall also has Learn-to-Read phonics books that you can purchase to help your child's reading skills develop even further.

Other Preschool Websites

BOOK SUGGESTIONS & REVIEWS

101 BEST BOOKS (taken from 101 Best Books For Children (pdf list))

BOOK GENRE USE
Story Predictable Text
Rhyming
ABC Book Guessing Element
ABC Book Alphabet Animals
Info Book Science - Biology
Suggestions for
Children
Info Book
Recount
Fall
Growing
Story Science
Story Foods We Eat
Feelings
Info Book Baking
Recount Predictable Text &
Colors

Brown Cow, Green Grass,
Yellow Mellow Sun

Info Book,
Recount
Sculpey Clay
pictures
Colors
Farm
Story Bed Time
Feelings - fear
Story Predictable Text
Acting Out
Wordless,
Story
Language
Development
Block Play
Info/Recount Sequence
Poetry Predictable Text
Months of the Year
Chant Rhyming text with
excellent meter.
Children to follow
directions
Recount Predictable Book
Corn-On and Off the
Cob (Rookie Read-About Science)
Info Book Farming, Native
Americans
Counting Book/
Story
Rhyming Text
Story Remembering
Study
Phonemic
Awareness
Alphabet Book Rhyme,
Alphabet
"I Spy" Book Nursery Rhyme
Predictable Text
Eating Fractions Info Book,
Math
Math
Food
Alphabet Book Growing
Alphabet Book Alphabet
Farm Objects
Counting Book Dinner Preparations
Numbers
Af-Am Family
Song Farm Animals
Counting Book Number Concepts
Info Predictable Text
Transportation
Unit
Story Winter
Attention to Sound
Story Sounds
Kindergarten
Transition
Info Sequence
Ice Cream
Folk Tale Acting Out
Story Structure
Wordless
Story (mostly)
Zoo
Bed Time
Language
Development
Compare/Contrast
Info Holidays
Story Echoes
Story Imagination
Crayon Unit
Story Predictable Text
Where's Waldo
aspect
Info Book Social Studies
Info Book Planting
suggestions
Attention to
different Seeds
Info Book Growing
Animals
"I Can't" Said the Ant Story Rhyming Text

SERIES

Berenstain Bears

I love reading Berenstain Bears books to my girls and they love them as well. Not only are they fun to read, each one contains a great message that is important for young children to learn. They are a little long for very young children but my 2 1/2 year old will sit though as many as I read.

Little Critter Books

Another of my favorite series are the Little Critter Books. They are shorter than the Berenstain Bear books and use language young children can understand.

Clifford The Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog are also fun books that children enjoy.

Curious George

This little curious monkey just can't seem to stay out of trouble. Things always turn out right in the end though.

Dr. Seuss

This list would never be complete without Dr. Seuss books. From Green Eggs and Ham to One Fish, Two Fish, these fun, nonsensical books will keep you coming back for more.

Fisher-Price Little People Books

I found these Fisher-Price Little People books at the library and checked them out for my 2 1/2 year old. At first I was a little nervous because they have flaps that you can lift and I was affraid the book would end up in pieces before the day was over. The flaps were pretty sturdy (unlike some books) and my daughter was so excited about lifting the flaps and seeing what was under them that she didn't even attempt to rip them off.

She loved these books! She was entertained by them for a long time. They are full of many things to look at and many things I can talk about with her.

Not only are these books filled with things to see, they also teach children many different things like colors, shapes, counting, matching and opposites.


This book teaches colors, shapes, counting, matching and pairing.

This book teaches counting, shapes, animal sounds, colors and opposites.

This book teaches action words, shapes and colors, counting, opposites and feelings.

Sandra Boynton

I really like Sandra Boynton books. They are funny, the pictures are adorable and the rhymes are great.

PARENTING BOOKS

From Playpens to Proving Grounds is a book on discipline and natural consequences that was recommended to me. Although I have not read it yet I am told it is very good.

Here are several other parenting books. I can't really recommend any in particular since I haven't read any of them, but there are many options and resources out there for parents that are looking to get ideas on parenting their toddler or preschooler.

I would recommend the Parents Magazine to those parents looking for ideas on parenting. It comes monthly and has some great articles on parenting children ages 0-12 years.

ACTIVITY BOOKS

Peak with Books: An Early Childhood Resource for Balanced Literacy

This book has several activities that children can do using picture books as a base. Here is a link to some sample activities for each picture book.

Here are some books that are full of ideas for activities you can do with your toddler and/or preschooler. I especially like the "Busy Books". They have so many great ideas.

MORE BOOK REVIEWS

My Little Angel
Sherrill S. Cannon, author of several children's books, has penned a new story about guardian angels. In this story, she takes a whimsical look at a little girl's guardian angel, told in rhyme.
Book Review - Rufus Finds A Home
An elderly man must find a new home for his beloved dog. Teaches children the importance of pet responsibilities.
Book Review - Tabitha Fink Ninja at Night
Tabitha Fink helps her friend overcome his fear of the dark. When her friend admits he is afraid of the dark, Tabitha comes up with a unique way for him to deal with his fears.
Top 5 Short Stories and Fairy Tales for Kids
The short stories and fairy tales are beloved around the world. We all enjoyed listening to fairy tales narrated by our parents, grandparents and caretakers. These stories are very interesting and amusing that not only keep the kids entertained but also helps them to enhance their reading skills and speaking skills and build a strong vocabulary.
Off the Hook
Why do we have ornaments on a Christmas tree? Is the reason decoration? Many trees combine ornaments given as remembrances of family members or memorable events. Would you be surprised to discover that there is a purpose for the decorations, probably one that has been kept a secret from you?
Book Review of "Roxaboxen"
Remember the fun of imagination when you played as a child? The older we get, we become nostalgic of those days. This book may inspire you to write down those memories to pass on to your own children.
Father's Day: Celebrate With 3 New Picture Books
Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June and was first established in the early 1900's to honor fatherhood and father figures. President Richard Nixon made Father's Day a permanent national holiday and signed it into law in 1972.
New Children's Book Teaches Friendship While Educating About History and Animals
Karen Shea's beautifully illustrated new book "Clark the Mountain Beaver and His Big Adventure" teaches children about friendship and how to accept one another's differences, while also educating them about animals and the Lewis and Clark expedition. This charming book will be a favorite with children for its cute characters and Disney-like illustrations.
Little Boy Gan, By: Lisa McDonald - Book Review
"The Beginning," is how Lisa McDonald ends her book, a technique that completely captured my thoughts by surprise and reverberated the lessons of her story in my mind. Little Boy Gan from Passion-Filled Everland is a creative collaboration of indelible images along with a timeless storyline resulting in a delightful literary asset to any personal collection or library. Perfect for bedtime reading to a child, or for anyone to just to take a few moments throughout one's day, McDonald draws upon the ageless power of gratitude to amplify the awareness of the moment and to accent the...
The Little Parrot and the Angel's Tears, By: M. Anu Narasimhan - Book Review
Beautifully bound and illustrated, this short children's story found its origin in the verbal storytelling of past generations, finally making it to print in this delightful bedtime storybook. Written and illustrated by M. Anu Narasimhan, The Little Parrot and the Angel's Tears has a poetic beat and rhyme, telling the tale of a brave little parrot, needing to save his friends from a forest fire.
The ColorFeeling Picture Book Series Written by Esther Adler and Illustrated by Shrutkirti Kaushal
Book Review by Carla M. Paton I have a background in Child Education and Development and a Masters in Psychology, and I found these books to be quite remarkable.
Tracking Down a Long Lost Friend
When author Ginal LoBiondo was just a little girl she, like many other children, had a toy bear. She loved him and cared for him. Like most children she took her little bear everywhere she went.
Reasons Why You Should Always Wish Upon a Star
Daniel Harvell has been writing since he was ten years old. With hard work and efforts he has found the secret to making a wish come true.
Title: The Magic of Friendship, By: Subhash Kommuru - Book Review
The Magic of Friendship is a delightful allegorical story about a gander that tells his juvenile son about a fierce tiger that incurs fear among all the animals in the Tadoba Forest. While the two prepare a time of celebration with other animals in the forest, they happen to fall upon a serendipitous object lesson. Incorporating themes of bullying and friendship amid the Indian culture, Kommuru's recent book has great potential to connect with children internationally.
Inculcate Reading Habits in Children
Charles Eliot had his facts right. Anyone who has befriended the written word would never be lonely. All booklovers know that they can live several lives, travel innumerable places and do myriad things through their books. You get to see the perspective of another person and find out that you are not the absolute authority on the topic.