Okay, so this book actually came out in 2013, but it’s new to me. I’m already familiar with the rest of the series by Dodd (and particularly love I Am Small), but some how this one escaped my notice, which is a shame because I really love it and think it will do wonderfully for a baby or toddler storytime (or as a calm down book in Pre-K storytime). Overall I think most of the books in this series are saccarine sweet, to the point where I don’t want to share them in storytime. But this one, while sweet, isn’t overly so and features koalas, which are always popular in storytime. It’s also mildly interactive because kids can point out various body parts mentioned, and parents can give their kids hugs, cuddles, and kisses at the appropriate moments.
This is, apparently, another new to me book that came out in 2013. In this story, a father and son play hide and seek. The illustrations, done in acrylics, feature a multiracial family and are colorful enough to draw attention, despite the book’s smaller size. There are also interactive features, such as counting and tickling.
If you were a dog, what kind of dog would you be? Would you be a lickety-sloppidy, frisbee-catching dog, or would you howl at the moon. Some dogs do. This story has a very simple premise, asking readers to imagine what kind of dog, cat, fish, dinosaur, etc. they’d be. Again, there’s opportunities for interacting, such as howling at the moon, swimming with the fish, or stomping with the dinosaur. The illustrations were done by Chris Raschka, and the book was published in September 2014, and I just missed it because that is the theme of this post, apparently.
Told in a simple rhyme, this book follows a young mako shark around the ocean for a day. It shows how we can track sharks in the ocean by tagging them and having a robot follow them around. The back discusses why marine biologists spy on sharks and goes into more detail about the process. While the story and illustrations are very simple, I love the nonfiction spin on this and think it could be great to include in an ocean storytime. Also, it was published in 2015, so yay for that!