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READING RECOMMENDATIONS

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.

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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.

WHAT WE'RE READING NOW

March 2020

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!

February 2020

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.

January 2020

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!

December 2019

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.

November 2019

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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August 2019

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.

May 2019

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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February 2019

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.

March 2020

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.

February 2020

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. 

January 2020

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.

December 2019

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.

October 2019

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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July 2019

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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April 2019

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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January 2019

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!

March 2020

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

February 2020

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. 

January 2020

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!

September 2019

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.

September 2019

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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June 2019

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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March 2019

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!