What We’re Reading Wednesday: September 9th

Welcome to this week’s edition of What We’re Reading Wednesday!

Baby and Toddler

from Catherine of Adventures with Kids

Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet

fuzzyyellowducklingsIn this lift-the-flap book,  each page shows a textured shape.  When you lift the flap, it’s not a shape, but an animal – so, fuzzy yellow circle becomes fuzzy yellow ducklings.  The final page of the book folds out to show all the shapes and animals working to build a tower.

This book offers simple concepts – shape, colour and texture – to fascinate the baby and intricate illustrations to interest and challenge the older child.  My 11 month old son, loves to lift the flaps and run his fingers over the textures.   Since my baby likes to have something to do when we’re reading, this book keeps him involved and focussed.  My 3 year old son also loves this book – he likes to talk about what the animals are doing in each of the illustrations and to find and name all the animals and shapes on the final page.

My family really enjoys this simple, playful book and I think your family will love it too.

Early Elementary

from Amy of Let’s Explore

bigorangesplotOne of our all-time, absolute favorite books is The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater. An oldie-but-goodie from the 1970s, this picture book is bursting with vivid colors and an engaging story.

Mr. Plumbean lives on a neat and tidy street, where all the houses are the same.  One day, a seagull mysteriously flies over Mr. Plumbean’s house and drops a bucket of orange paint, leaving a big orange splot on his roof.

The neighbors wait for Mr. Plumbean to paint his house so their street can be neat and tidy again.  Mr. Plumbean surprises them with his painting job, which turns out to be wild and crazy and colorful!  He says to his neighbors:

“My house is me and I am it.  My house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams…”

One by one, the neighbors try to convince Mr. Plumbean to change his house back, but instead, he convinces them to create their own dream houses.  There are some neat dream house illustrations including a castle, a hot-air balloon, a ship, and more.  I have shared this book with many groups of children, and they are always immediately inspired to draw or paint their own dream houses!  I love a book with an easy art connection.

The Big Orange Splot is a lovely story celebrating individual expression and believing in your dreams – I hope you and your kids enjoy sharing this book together!

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  1. Love art connections to books! Thanks for the Pinkwater pick!

  2. Both of those look great. I think my 10-month-old would like the duckling book!
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  3. I love the idea behind The Big Orange Splot – another book to add to my library list.
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  4. Both books look fun! My 17-month old loves books with texture and bright colors, and she adores books about animals. The Big Orange Splot is perfect for my 1st grader.
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  5. Oooh, I love the sound of the orange splot, will be hunting for a copy of this one as I haven’t come across it before, even in my teaching days.

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  6. Oooh, I love the sound of the orange splot, will be hunting for a copy of this one as I haven’t come across it before, even in my teaching days.

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    BTW I love your blog!

  7. Books with texture are TOTALLY the best for kids under 1!
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  8. Amy, I’m sure my daughter would love to paint with lots of big orange splots! The trouble is keeping it on the paper 😉 Great art- literature connection!
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  9. I don’t have either one of these books and they both sound great! I’m a little afraid my 14 month old will tear off the flaps of Fuzzy, Yellow Ducklings (he’s trying to learn to be gentle:) but we’ll just have to keep this one in a safe, special spot. He’s really into shapes right now, so we’ll have to check this one out. Thanks for both suggestions!
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  10. Kelly, I almost didn’t buy Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings because I thought it wouldn’t survive a baby, but nearly 4 years later it’s still going strong (and has always been available to my sons to pull out and read). My younger son is a bit rougher, but he hasn’t torn the pages. I think it is because the flaps are fold out pages, not flaps that are attached to the page afterward.
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  11. The big orange splot is a childhood favorite! I had to get it for my kids.
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