By Lori Berezovsky Ι Oct. 7, 2016
If you are a reader, you know how wonderful it is to read a well-written book that pulls you in and makes you feel like you are taking part in the action right along with the characters. There is one reading experience that tops it, and that is reading to preschoolers. Children love a good book, too, and they’ll give you their unbiased opinion of them. I visit preschoolers quite often when I take the library’s storytime to them, and I’ve learned what kind of stories pull them in and keep their attention. Here are some of my favorites.
- Adventure with a dash of danger:
“How I Became a Pirate” by Melinda Long and David Shannon. Pirates have a treasure to bury, and they recruit young Jeremy to be their digger. Pirate stories are always adventure-packed, and this one is no exception.
“Skeleton Hiccups” by Margery Cuyler. Skeletons can be scary, but not when they have the hiccups! How does a skeleton get rid of the hiccups, anyway?
- Silly Books:
“Silly Sally” by Audrey Wood. The title says it all: Sally is silly. The jaunty rhyming story captures the kids’ attention.
“Moo!” By David Rochelle. I tell the children there are only two words in this book, and they don’t believe me. But oh, how they laugh with the story’s ending!
- Great illustrations, with things going on in the background:
“Breaking News: Bear Alert” by David Biedrzycki. Kids love the news alerts of bears roaming free in town. They also love the appearance of other bears in the story that they recognize, like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington.
“The Marshmallow Incident” by Judi Barrett. Who doesn’t love marshmallows? Children like the interesting ways marshmallows are used in this book and love the Order of the Ambidextrous Knights who take charge.
- Things or situations they know, but are presented in a new way:
“The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt. The crayons have had it with their poor treatment and express themselves through letters written to the boy who owns them.
“Big Bad Wolf is Good” by Simon Puttock. Kids are interested to see how the Big Bad Wolf can be good, but in the end they are happy he is.
- Books they can participate in:
“How to Catch an Elephant” by Amy Schwartz. Kids love to stomp their feet along with the elephant in the story.
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” is funny and fun to repeat throughout the book.