July Book Recommendations

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Where the Wild Things Are By Maurice Sendak

Let the wild rumpus start! Max is off on an adventure where he meets beasts and friends alike. A magical tale that teaches us about dealing with emotions and unconditional love.

 

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom, will there be enough room?! This rhyming text is a favorite. This book is a wonderful read aloud all about having a little too much fun with our friends and that our moms and dads are always there to make it all better.

 

 

brothers  sistersWhat Brothers/Sisters do Best By Laura Numeroff

What’s better than one book? A two in one book! What Brothers/Sisters Do Best, is a simple sweet text that explores all the wonderful ways to play with your siblings. Including a few Rough-and-Tumble adventures!

 

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Nuts Keep Rolling! By, Eric Litwin

By the same author as “Pete the Cat”, this story as a similar upbeat, funny, and engaging text. The story is all about tumbling and fun! Enjoy reading this aloud and you can even sing it!

 

 

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Silly Sally By, Audrey Wood

Silly Sally likes to do things a little differently. This story is wonderfully silly and will have kids of all ages giggling about walking on our hands, going upside down, sleeping sheep, and pigs who do jigs! All tumbling towards town in this delightful story for all! 

 

 

Come visit us for some fun, safe rough & tumble play this July! 

June Book Recommendations: Making Connections!

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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!

Image result for how kind kids book 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!

 

Image result for we all sing with the same voice 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!

 

Image result for llama llama misses mama 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!

 

 

Image result for peanut butter and cupcake 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!

 

 

Image result for the peace book 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!

Build Early Literacy with these April Book Recommendations!

This April we are highlighting early literacy! The journey of learning to read and write starts long before your little one is actually ready to do either. In fact, early literacy begins in their first three years! Your child’s interaction with books and reading will provide the foundation to develop critical early literacy skills.

Literacy begins with a love of books so let’s whip out those books and teach our children the joy of reading! We’ve picked books for ALL AGES!

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The Pout-Pout Fish, By Deborah Diesen

Repetitive language in story books builds oral language skills. Pout-Pout Fish’s sing-songy text repeats over and over making for a fun educational read aloud that your toddler or preschooler will repeat again and again!

 

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Jungly Tails, By Jollybaby

A full sensory experience! Introduce your babies to books as early as possible. This soft squishy sturdy book can be enjoyed in tummy time or simply allow baby to explore with their hands and even their mouth! That’s how they learn!

 

wakeupmagicduck Wake Up, Magic Duck!, By Moira Butterfield

Storytime doesn’t have to stop during bath time! Magic Bath Books bring literacy and learning into the tub! Magic Duck has a special surprise when she gets wet…she changes colors! Enjoy the fun that comes with books that are interactive and inspire babies and toddler to love reading!

 

polarbear Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do you Hear?, By Bill Martin Jr/ Eric Carle

Children love repetition and this book is full of memory building writing. Your child will be able to repeat the story back to you! Build early literacy by choosing high quality texts like this one!

 

 

babysfirstcloth Baby’s First Cloth Book: Zoo, By Nosy Crow

Charming cloth books with high contrast images are perfect for baby’s first reads. This book can also go with you when you’re on the go. Its convenient Velcro strap lets those tiny hands keep “reading” wherever you are!

 

 

Build those early literacy skills at your local Gymboree Play & Music! 

 

March Book Recommendations!

This month we’re paying homage to the greatest rhymer of them all – Dr. Seuss!

Not only does rhyming and wordplay help with early literacy development, it’s a lot of fun! Remember that regular reading is important for your little one so let’s get to rhyming!

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

By Dr. Seuss

Nonsense rhymes with silly words create for an entertaining read-aloud with this classic Dr. Seuss favorite!

 

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Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom

By Bil Martin Jr and John Archambault

This classic alphabet rhyming book creates a fun read-aloud that children will want to hear again and again! The rhymes are quick and fun and easy for little ones to remember!

 

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Is Your Mamma a Llama?

By Deborah Guarino

A wonderful rhyming story where children can finish the rhymes! Beautiful illustrations and the rhyming text supports teaching children how to make predictions.

brown bear Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? 

By Bill Martin Jr

Simply a classic! A “singsongy” text will capture children of all ages, while bright simple pictures will delight babies, toddlers, and preschoolers alike!

 

peekawhoPeek-a Who?

By Nina Laden

Cut out images add to the anticipation of who is peeking through! An interactive rhyming book that supports making predictions and teaches children how language works!