Last week, my daughter and I started our own toddler summer reading program at home. Our goal is to read at least five books each week. So far, we have surpassed our goal by reading at least five books each day. I also signed my daughter up for the summer reading program at one of our local libraries. As for our toddler summer reading program, today marks the end of the second week. Here are our five favorite books that we read during the past week.
Week 2 Books
- Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
- Splat the Cat and the Duck with No Quack by Rob Scotton
- Duck, Duck, Goose by Tad Hills
- Find the Seashell by Liza Alexander and David Prebenna
- Two Dumb Ducks by Maxwell Eaton
My daughter is still wild about ducks, so four of the books that we read featured ducks as a main or supporting character. Every time she saw a duck in one of the books, she would quack to tell me what the ducks says. In addition to ducks, my daughter also likes cats and especially loves to make cat noises. One of my daughter’s newest words that she says is pumpkin, so I have been checking out a bunch of pumpkin books from my library. Finally, my daughter absolutely adores Elmo, so one of our books had to be an Elmo’s World book.
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas is a simple story about a duck who wants to make a jack o’ lantern out of a pumpkin. Written in the style of a comic strip, this book is full of bright and bold illustrations. My daughter loved pointing out the duck and the pumpkin on each page.
Splat the Cat and the Duck with No Quack
Splat the Cat and the Duck with No Quack by Rob Scotton is one of the many titles in the Splat the Cat series. In the story, Splat crosses paths with a duck that refuses to quack. With a lot of zany wordplay that is great for language development, Splat investigates the reason the duck has no quack. My daughter loved pointing to the cat and the duck and making cat and duck noises.
Duck, Duck, Goose
Duck, Duck, Goose by Tad Hills is the follow-up story to the original Duck & Goose. Duck is smitten with his new friend, Thistle, who claims to be the fastest, smartest, strongest duck around. Goose, however, is not quite as enthusiastic about Thistle as Duck. After attempting to play with Thistle and Duck, Goose eventually wanders off by himself. A worried Duck follows and together with Goose decides that less manic endeavors suit both birds best. Eventually, Duck and Goose trick Thistle into winning a napping contest and then gratefully sneak off to play by themselves. My daughter loved pointing out the ducks (and the goose, which she still called a duck) on each page. She also thoroughly loved the surprise cameo of the ball from the original story at the end of the book.
Find the Seashell
Find the Seashell by Liza Alexander and David Prebenna is a Sesame Street Elmo’s World book. In the story, Elmo heads to the beach and hopes to find a seashell. Soon his bucket fills up with all kinds of interesting beach things — all except a seashell. Elmo is rather disappointed until he meets up with some friends whose sand castle needs decorated. Elmo helps decorate the sand castle with his finds and forgets about his disappointment over not finding a seashell. My daughter, of course, loved pointing at Elmo on each page of the book.
Two Dumb Ducks
Two Dumb Ducks by Maxwell Eaton is about two ducks named Steve and Carl. Steve likes cans. Carl likes socks. Neither duck likes when the seagulls taunt them by calling them “two dumb ducks.” Eventually Steven and Carl get even with the seagulls, although not in the way that they originally intended. In the end, the two not-dumb ducks learn to deal with their bullies in a hilariously clever way. As with any book featuring ducks, my daughter loved pointing at the ducks and making duck sounds.
What books have you and your children read recently?
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas © 2013 Heather Johnson
Splat the Cat and the Duck with No Quack by Rob Scotton © 2013 Heather Johnson
Duck, Duck, Goose by Tad Hills © 2013 Heather Johnson
Find the Seashell by Liza Alexander and David Prebenna © 2013 Heather Johnson
Two Dumb Ducks by Maxwell Eaton © 2013 Heather Johnson