Summer is perfect for family time, adventures with friends and meeting new people. That’s why our June theme is MAKING CONNECTIONS! The below reads are great for teaching your little one about friendship-building, sharing and diversity…all important things to learn when it comes to making connections!
How Kind! By Mary Murphy
Sharing, giving, being kind! This book’s simple story is a wonderful way to introduce our youngest reader to the thought: What is being kind? Pig, Hen and dog show us; it’s simple! The bright illustrations are as eye catching as the humble text, with a big message!
We All Sing with the Same Voice By J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene
This story (originally seen on Sesame Street) is a sweet message about how through all our differences we are all the same! It can be read or sang aloud. It’s diverse and colorful illustrations spark conversation from young listeners, perhaps they’ll even spot “themselves” somewhere in the story!
Llama Llama Misses Mama By Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama is feeling shy, sometimes new experiences and making connections with new people is difficult! Llama Llama is a wonderful story to show it’s okay to feel unsure and of course that Mama always comes back!
Peanut Butter & Cupcake By Terry Border
Peanut Butter is looking for a new friend to play! This story shows us it’s okay to keep trying! That making friends sometimes takes some time, and that’s okay! It also shows us how fun it can be when a whole group plays together!
The Peace Book By Todd Parr
What is peace? Todd Parr’s book shows us some of the simplest yet profound ways to show peace. Sometimes it’s taking a nap, and sometimes it’s doing something good for the planet, but mostly peace is being who you are.
Come visit your local Gymboree Play & Music for your very own Making Connections story time!