RAISING READERS BOOKCLUB

We're all about literacy here at Nest. With that being said, we're raising readers! Each month we choose books to not only encourage reading but to expand our knowledge and continue learning beyond the classroom.

RAISING READERS

According to kidshealth.org; Reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can continue for years to come — and it's important for your baby's brain. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your baby will hear and the better they'll be able to talk. Reading aloud:

  • teaches a baby about communication

  • introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way

  • builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills

  • gives babies information about the world around them

 

Kids whose parents talk and read to them often know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to. And kids who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the right time. When you read to your baby:

  • Your baby hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds. This supports social and emotional development.

  • It encourages your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions. This helps with social development and thinking skills.

  • Your baby improves language skills by copying sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.

 

​But perhaps the most important reason to read aloud is that it makes a connection between the things your baby loves the most — your voice and closeness to you — and books. Spending time reading to your baby shows that reading is important. And if infants and children are read to often with joy, excitement, and closeness, they begin to associate books with happiness — and new readers are created.

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WHAT WE LIKE TO READ

A Farmer's Life for Me

by Jan Dobbins

Follows a farmer's day in the fields as he attends to his crops and cares for his animals.

If The Dinosaurs Came Back

by Bernard Most

In this delightful book, a small boy imagines a world where dinosaurs perform public services. “Bold lines accentuate imaginative, humorous ideas. A natural for student response: students formulate their own outcomes about what would happen if the dinosaurs returned.

Dinosaur Roar!

by Paul & Henrietta Strickland

A brand new edition of this best-selling classic picture book, produced from re-scanned original artwork, and now endorsed by the world famous Natural History Museum. The cheerful rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud and the images of the dinosaurs are charming and funny. Also included, a pull-out poster in the back of the book showing the dinosaur characters. 

Punk the Skunk

by Misty Black

For a child, recognizing mistakes can be hard. Saying I'm sorry can be even harder. Punk the Skunk liked to tease. Normally, his teasing was harmless. But when his teasing gets out of hand, what does he do?

While apologizing and forgiving others can be difficult, they are two of the most important social skills a child can learn. Parents, counselors, and teachers will love that the valuable life lessons in this book are taught in such a fun way that kids won’t even realize they’re learning. 

Lana

by Sonica Ellis

Follow Lana's journey of self-discovery as she learns that there is more to her than what is in the mirror, and that she is unique, loved and beautiful just the way she is.

In the end, Lana learns to appreciate the magic within her and what she uniquely has to offer the world. This delightful, uplifting story will help your child develop strong self-esteem, self-love, self-appreciation and maintain a positive outlook on life.

Worm Weather 

by Jean Taft

Drip,drop,
skip and hop.

Splish, splash,
sidewalk dash!
It's worm weather! 

Join in the rainy-day fun, as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm. An imaginative and playful story, readers will love seeing the worm delight in the weather just as much as the kids.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the ravenous caterpillar's path as he eats his way through one apple (and the pages of the book itself) on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, and so on, through cherry pie and sausage--until he is really fat and has a stomachache. And no doubt you know what happens next! Kids love butterfly metamorphosis stories, and this popular favorite teaches counting and the days of the week, too. 

Fox in Socks

by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss's Fox in Socks has been troubling tongues—and garnering giggles—since 1965. Written specifically to be read aloud, it features a tricky fox in socks and the progressively more difficult tongue-twisting games he plays on his exasperated friend Mr. Knox. Now available for the first time in an abridged, sturdy, board book edition, this beloved classic will have babies of all ages laughing with—and at—their parents as they struggle, like Knox, to blab such blibber blubber as muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle!

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

by Vashti Harrison

Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this #1 New York Times bestseller. 

 

An important book for readers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated and engagingly written volume brings to life true stories of black men in history. Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and artists, politicians and pop stars, athletes and activists. The exceptional men featured include writer James Baldwin, artist Aaron Douglas, filmmaker Oscar Devereaux Micheaux, lawman Bass Reeves, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, and musician Prince.

 

The legends in Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History span centuries and continents, but each one has blazed a trail for generations to come.

If I Built a Car

by Chris Van Dusen

"If I built a car, it'd be totally new! Here are a few of the things that I'd do. . . ." Jack has designed the ultimate fantasy car. Inspired by zeppelins and trains, Cadillacs and old planes, with brilliant colors and lots of shiny chrome, this far-out vision is ready to cruise! there's a fireplace, a pool, and even a snack bar! After a tour of the ritzy interior, robert the robot starts up the motor . . . and Jack and his dad set off on the wildest test drive ever!

My First Kwanzaa

by Karen Katz

A simple way to get acquainted with Kwanzaa. "Hooray! Hooray! It's time to get ready for Kwanzaa." During the seven days of Kwanzaa, we celebrate the importance of family, friends, and community. This warm and lively introduction to a very special holiday will help even the youngest children join in! Author and illustrator Karen Katz's wonderful series of picture books for the very young offer a simple and fun way to get familiar with the traditions of holiday celebrations from different cultures.

If You Take a Mouse to School 

by Laura Numeroff

If you take a mouse to school, he'll ask you for your lunch box. When you give him your lunch box, he'll want a sandwich to go in it. Then he'll need a notebook and some pencils. He'll probably want to share your backpack, too. The famous mouse from If You Take a Mouse to the Movies and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is back for his first day of school. Only Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond could make school this much fun! A perfect addition to the classic and beloved series—be sure to collect them all!

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A Rainbow of Friends

by P.K. Hallinan

A story in verse about how all friends are special and valuable regardless of differences or difficulties.

The Tiny Seed

by Eric Carle

Eric Carle’s classic story of the life cycle of a flower is told through the adventures of a tiny seed. Everyone will cheer for the seed’s progress as it floats across the sky, nestles in the ground, and finally grows into the giant flower it was always meant to be.

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The Pigeon Loves Things That Go!

by Mo Willems

In Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, the pigeon dreamed of driving the titular bus. In this board book, readers will see him deliriously emoting at the thought of driving a plane, a train, a car, and more, all in his uproariously over-the-top style.

Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm

by Joy Cowley

Uh-oh. Mrs. Wishy-Washy is at it again. Rubbing and scrubbing all the animals on the farm. But this time they aren't standing for it. Duck, Cow, and Pig are leaving mean old Mrs. Wishy-Washy for good!

They run away to the big city. But they get lost, wander into a restaurant, and even stumble into a hardware store and get covered in paint! Where is Mrs. Wishy-Washy when they need her? Maybe her farm isn't so bad after all . . .

Dinosaur Bones

by Bob Barner

With a lively rhyming text and vibrant paper collage illustrations, author-artist Bob Barner shakes the dust off the dinosaur bones found in museums and reminds us that they once belonged to living, breathing creatures. Filled with fun dinosaur facts (a T. Rex skull can weigh up to 750 pounds!) and an informational "Dinometer," Dinosaur Bones is sure to make young dinosaur enthusiasts roar with delight.

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

by Ian Whybrow

Harry finds some old dinosaurs in his Grandma’s attic. He cleans them up and makes them his own, carefully (and accurately) naming each one. Harry and his dinosaurs go everywhere together. But one day, after an exciting train ride, Harry accidentally leaves the dinosaurs on the train. Silly, charming illustrations accompany this whimsical text of a child being a child.

Magic Seeds of Patience

by Efrat Haddi

This sweet book "Magic seeds of patience" tells the story of Daniel, who gets a very strange birthday present from his grandfather...


When Daniel asks his grandfather about it, he receives an interesting advice…
Daniel decides to follow his grandfather's advice and learns a very important lesson…

"Magic seeds of patience" helps to teach children an important social skill that can make home life happier and school more successful. It also provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of patience.

Grumpy Monkey

by Suzanne Lang

Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can't understand it--how can he be in a bad mood when it's SUCH a beautiful day? They encourage him not to hunch, to smile, and to do things that make THEM happy. But Jim can't take all the advice...and has a BIT of a meltdown. Could it be that he just needs a day to feel grumpy?

Suzanne and Max Lang bring hilarity and levity to this very important lesson. This picture book is an excellent case study in the dangers of putting on a happy face and demonstrates to kids that they are allowed to feel their feelings (though they should be careful of hurting others in the process!).

On Beyond Bugs! 

by Dr. Seuss

Find out all you ever wanted to know about insects when the Cat and company get an up-close view of life as a bug. Kids will learn how insects -- from the spittlebug to the honeybee to the moth -- see, smell, communicate, and pollinate, as well as sometimes pester and amaze and generally make life better for us humans. Catch the bug buzz with the Cat in the Hat and all his friends!

The Grouchy Ladybug

by Eric Carle

As children follow the Grouchy Ladybug on her journey, they will learn the important concepts of time, size, and shape, as well as the benefits of friendship and good manners.

For generations, The Grouchy Ladybug has delighted readers of all ages with the story of a bad-tempered bug who won't say "please" or "thank you," won't share, and thinks she is bigger and better than anyone else. Readers will love how this testy ladybug introduces them to many new animals and learns that maybe being grouchy isn’t always the best option.

Green Eggs and Ham

by Dr. Seuss

"Do you like green eggs and ham?" asks Sam-I-Am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss's beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children's classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

Little Legends: Exceptional Women in Black History

by Vashti Harrison

A NEW YORK TIMES INSTANT BESTSELLER!

A USA TODAY BESTSELLER!

 

This beautifully illustrated New York Times bestseller introduces readers of all ages to 40 women who changed the world. 

 

An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash. 


Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things - bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come. Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air or speaking up for the rights of others, the women profiled in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn't always accept them. 

The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come. 

Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus

by James Dean

New York Times bestselling artist and author James Dean adds a groovy beat to his cool adaptation of "The Wheels on the Bus" with Pete the Cat. Hop on board with Pete and his friends as they sing the classic school bus tune. Fans of Pete the Cat will love singing along with Pete in this groovy rendition of this favorite children's song.

Hanukkah!

by Marilyn Hafner

Say "Happy Hanukkah!" with this joyful story of one family's holiday celebration, from spinning dreidels to cooking yummy latkes to lighting the menorah together. With sweet, lyrical text and warm illustrations, this is the perfect way to celebrate the festival of lights.

A Color of His Own

by Leo Lionni

Elephants are gray. Pigs are pink. Only the chameleon has no color of his own. He is purple like the heather, yellow like a lemon, even black and orange striped like a tiger! Then one day a chameleon has an idea to remain one color forever by staying on the greenest leaf he can find. But in the autumn, the leaf changes from green to yellow to red . . . and so does the chameleon. When another chameleon suggests they travel together, he learns that companionship is more important than having a color of his own. No matter where he goes with his new friend, they will always be alike. Colorful illustrations and spare prose make this story of friendship perfect for a board book edition to introduce simple color concepts to toddlers.

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Dinosaur Roar!

by Paul Strickland

A brand new edition of this best-selling classic picture book, produced from re-scanned original artwork, and now endorsed by the world famous Natural History Museum. The cheerful rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud and the images of the dinosaurs are charming and funny. Also included, a pull-out poster in the back of the book showing the dinosaur characters. Originally published in 1994, Dinosaur Roar! by Henrietta and Paul Stickland is now seen as a modern classic, a book that every preschool child will love.

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A Rainbow of My Own

by Don Freeman

A small boy imagines what it would be like to have his own rainbow to play with.

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Tip Tip Dig Dig

by Emma Garcia

A parade of colorful construction vehicles doing their work means plenty of joyful noise! From the crane that lifts, lifts, lifts to the bulldozer that push, push-pushes, to the steamroller that rolls, rolls, rolls, every machine here makes it own special sound. And the surprise ending, when the great big mess on page one becomes a wonderful playground, is sure to leave kids pleased!

Big Red Barn

by Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret Wise Brown's simple, rhythmic text about the cycle of a day on a farm, where a family of animals peacefully plays and sleeps, has charmed generations of children. This board book edition features sturdy pages and is just the right size for toddlers.

Dinosaurs Love Underpants

by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

The mystery of dinosaur extinction is solved! Scientists have plenty of theories about why dinosaurs are extinct, but the UK’s bestselling authorillustrator team of Claire Freedman and Ben Cort knows the real answer: The dinos were wiped out in an Underpants War! This wacky celebration of underpants is perfect for reading aloud, and the hilarious antics of T. rex and the gang are endlessly entertaining. Featuring fun, vibrant art and short, rhyming text, Dinosaurs Love Underpants is a prehistoric pleasure parents and kids will want to read again and again.

The Dinosaur Alphabet Book

by Jerry Pallotta & Ralph Masiello

The perfect way to introduce children to the fascinating world of dinosaurs. Full of interesting facts--did you know some dinosaurs had sharp front teeth while others had no front teeth at all? This alphabet book explores both the known and the not-so-well known dinosaurs.

Meet the heterodontosaurus (one of the smallest known to exist), the megalosaurus (the first dinosaur ever discovered), the iguanodon, the ultrasaurus, and more!

The Forgiving Lion

by Efrat Haddi

" The Forgiving Lion " tells the story of Leo, a young lion who lived with his family in Africa .

Leo had many friends and he loved to play with everyone. He especially loved to play with Rose, a Lioness about the same age as him and with Crown, a younger lion cub.

The only problem was that when Leo’s friends did something wrong, Leo didn’t want to forgive them.

Leo’s Father, who was the pack leader, teaches him the value of forgiveness and why he shouldn't hold a grudge.

The Pout-Pout Fish

by Deborah Diesen

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

 

Deep in the water,
Mr. Fish swims about
With his fish face stuck
In a permanent pout.

Can his pals cheer him up?
Will his pout ever end?
Is there something he can learn
From an unexpected friend?

Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading "dreary wearies" isn't really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in this fun fish story that's sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.

My, Oh My - a Butterfly!

by Dr. Seuss

With a little help from the Cat in the Hat, Sally and Dick observe a small miracle in their own backyard—the metamorphosis of an egg into a caterpillar into a chrysalis into a bright new butterfly! Along the way, beginning readers will find out how butterflies see thousands of images at once, drink nectar from flowers, avoid predators, and can be identified by size, shape, and color. Readers will also follow the amazing migration of millions of monarchs.

The Very Busy Spider

by Eric Carle

Early one morning a little spider spins her web on a fence post. One by one, the animals of the nearby farm try to distract her, yet the busy little spider keeps diligently at her work. When she is done, she is able to show everyone that not only is her creation quite beautiful, it is also quite useful!

This multi-sensory book allows children to feel the pictures as well as see them. And with its rhythmic text, The Very Busy Spider becomes an experience to touch, to see, and to hear.

Hop on Pop

by Dr. Seuss

Full of short, simple words and silly rhymes, this book is perfect for reading alone or reading aloud with Dad!  The rollicking rythym will keep kids entertained on every page, and it's an especially good way to  show Pop some love on Father’s Day!

 

HOP 

POP

We like to Hop.

We like to hop on top of Pop.

 

Originally created by Dr. Seuss himself, Beginner Books are fun, funny, and easy to read. These unjacketed hardcover early readers encourage children to read all on their own, using simple words and illustrations. Smaller than the classic large format Seuss picture books like The Loraxand Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, these portable packages are perfect for practicing readers ages 3-7, and lucky parents too!

 

“Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.” –President Barack Obama

Dream Big, Little One

by Vashti Harrison

This beautifully illustrated board book edition of instant bestseller Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History showcases women who changed the world and is the perfect goodnight book to inspire big dreams.

 

Featuring 18 trailblazing black women in American history, Dream Big, Little One is the irresistible board book adaptation of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History.

 

Among these women, you'll find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things - bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come. Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air or speaking up for the rights of others, the women profiled in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn't always accept them. 

The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come. 

Red, Stop! Green, Go!

by P.D. Eastman

With the beloved dogs from P. D. Eastman's classic, Go, Dog. Go!, toddlers can explore the world of color in this interactive adaptation of the original book. Flaps, wheels, and slide tabs let children make a white dog get black spots, the traffic light change from red to green, and dogs of all colors zoom around in cars. Simple and sturdy interactive elements will make this new format a hit with parents and little ones alike!

The Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats

No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

The Family Book

by Todd Parr

The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way. Parr's message about the importance of embracing our differences is delivered in a playful way. With his trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes, this book will encourage children to ask questions about their own families. Perfect for young children just beginning to read, The Family Book is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, promote character growth, and strengthen family relationships.

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Mrs. Bumblebee and Her Counting Wings

by Gwendolyn Blackshear

Mrs. Bumblebee has just landed in your town and is excited to bring along colorful numbers on her wings. As she buzzes around from page to page, your little star will learn to count from one to ten. Your star will also count Mrs. Bumblebee's fun things that she likes to buzz around with! Parents and teachers can also go to the website to link on the Mrs. Bumblebee and Her Counting Wings color pages and more! That's only because your child is ready to learn! Here we go and here they come!

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The Big Dipper

by Franklyn M. Brankey

Are the stars out tonight?

If they are, chances are you'll be able to spot the Big Dipper. The Big Dipper is one of the easiest constellations to recognize and this Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book will help young stargazers find it, and it's companion, the Little Dipper. And once you've begun to learn about the constellations, well, the sky's the limit!

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