By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 22, 2010

There is no denying that very young children are tactile and kinesthetic learners. It’s important to provide them with an interactive reading experience that allows them to touch, feel, and move the book and its pages while you are reading the story or sounds involved. It’s often hard for a toddler to sit still during story time, however, being able to physically engage in the book makes it much easier for them to enjoy their reading experience.

The following list of books all have thick and sturdy, movable parts, combined with many great learning concepts:

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 20, 2010

There are many reasons why cats make great characters in kids’ books: They’re very familiar animals and notorious for being curious—not to mention mysterious, sly, and playful. They make lovable companions and their amazing ability for always landing on all four feet is a talent to marvel at and respect. And … you can’t beat the whole *nine lives* theory!

My favorite cat characters —of the moment—would have to be Mo Willems’ Cat the Cat and Sebastien Braun’s Meeow. Both of these cats star in picture book series that are extremely entertaining and a perfect choice for ages 0-5. From the language to the illustrations, the author-illustrators of these books really know their audience.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 15, 2010

Johnny Green and the Little Green ManEnter to win a personalized signed copy of Johnny Green and the Little Green Man by author Suzan Tyler Deckera delightful fairytale that teaches the values of the environmental movement through a rather peculiar experience of a young boy.

Johnny falls asleep in a green field on his way home from school one day, and is awakened by a little green man claiming he is lost from the recycling center.  He asks Johnny if he will help him find the way back, but he is ‘just a boy’.  He agrees to take the little green man home with him, and over the course of the next several days, to his surprise, Johnny learns a very BIG lesson about recycling and how it will help save our ‘Green Earth!’

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