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Books to Share With Your Preschoolers

Books to Share With Your Preschoolers


Awake Beautiful Child

Words by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Illustrated by Gracia Lam

What a wonderful ABC book!

Awake Beautiful Child, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, is a mesmerizing walk through a child’s day.  On each page, a three-word “ABC” description tells the reader about what’s pictured.  It’s the illustrations that captivated me.  There’s a crisp, innocent, 50s Americana feel to them.  And, in addition to perfect words and illustrations, there are hidden ABC treasures to find on every page.  This is a charming book that will be looked at and read over and over again.


farm animalsBaby Farm Animals

Golden Baby Book

Nothing captivates toddlers like baby animals.  I think human babies really see themselves in the awkward innocence of chicks or foals.  That’s why I recommend spending some time with Baby Farm Animals, a Golden Baby Book.  The sweet vintage illustrations – just like the Golden Books you remember – make these board books the true treasures they are.  They’re the perfect prep for a springtime trip to the farm!


Finding_WinnieFinding Winnie

The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

By Lindsay Mattick

Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Finding Winnie is the true story of a bear cub rescued by Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian during WWI who served with the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade.  Colebourn named the bear Winnipeg, so the young infantrymen would have a piece of home with them while serving in England.  The beloved mascot was nicknamed “Winnie”, and Colebourn gifted her to the London Zoo after the war.

Shortly thereafter, a young boy named Christopher Robin Milne was taken to the London Zoo to see a live version of his stuffed bear.  Though Christopher Robin had loved his bear since he was a baby, he had never named it – until he saw Winnie.  From then on, the stuffed bear became Winnie-the-Pooh, and Christopher Robin had a lifetime of adventures with Winnie and Winnie-the-Pooh.  These adventures were the foundation of the Winnie-the-Pooh books by his father, Alan Alexander Milne.

The illustrations of award winning artist Sophie Blackall and the words of Lindsay Mattick (Harry Colebourn’s great-granddaughter), combine to make the remarkable true story of Finding Winnie a delight.

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