Saturday, October 6, 2007

Dinosaur Books by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

These children's books are sooooo adorable and are perfect for kids interested in dinosaurs. I have found them in both board books and hardcover copies, but either way, they are great for toddlers up through early elementary because of the possibilities that they hold! For the younger ones, it can teach great lessons (i.e., counting, colors, bedtime routines, etc.). And, for the older ones, it can be a great introduction to the dinosaurs. In each picture, the name of the dinosaur depicted is hidden within the artwork! Personally, I think this is such a cute idea! There are multiple titles out there, but here are a couple of my favorites:

How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten?
This one is a counting book obviously! I love to read this one over and over with my son because it has a great sing-song rhyme to it that is very catchy. In fact, we start out slow and each time we read it, we see how much faster we can go. It cracks him up every time!! In addition, to help him with his counting skills, I have him sometimes fill in the numbers as I am reading or we stop and count the different objects on each page. He loves it!

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
Does your child have issues with going to bed? I know mine does! Almost every other night, he wants to get up just one more time whether it is to get one more drink of water, to go potty, to get his daddy, to get one more night-night kiss, etc. You get the idea! Anyways, I have bought this one for my son as a Christmas gift this year because I love how it addresses the night time routine. It asks questions like "Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout?", creating a great interactive way for your child to get involved in the story and answer the questions himself. And, to make it even better, it not only talks about what NOT to do at bedtime, but also what TO DO! Everyone has a little different bedtime routine, but this can be a great way to talk about it with your child if the time starts to turn into a hassle!

And, of course, I always think that artwork in a children's book is so important in creating interest in the child and for moving beyond the story. In my opinion, sometimes dinosaurs in books can be depicted as very scary animals. That's another reason why I like these books . . . even the mean dinos like T-rex look lovable and cute, making it much more appropriate for the age it is meant for.

If you haven't checked out these books, I highly recommend that you do! They are an adventure in and of themself!

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