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Detroit, MI  48213

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Inkster, MI  48141

(734) 727-1444

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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

If I Built a Car

by Chris Van Dusen

January 2020

"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

December 2019

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

November 2019

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

August 2019

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

The Tiny Seed

by Eric Carle

May 2019

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

February 2019

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.

Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus

by James Dean

January 2020

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

December 2019

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

October 2019

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

July 2019

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

April 2019

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

January 2019

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!

Red, Stop! Green, Go!

by P.D. Eastman

January 2020

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

September 2019

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

September 2019

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

June 2019

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

March 2019

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!