Thursday, December 29, 2011

Reading for the New Year

First Night by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by S.D. Schindler is about a New Year's eve parade led by a girl named Amanda Dade. It's a fun repetitive rhyming read that builds up as each new character in the parade is introduced. The crisp, bold pastel illustrations absolutely seem to glow on the pages in a stunning effect. It's a fun read showing one of the many ways you can celebrate the new year.

P. Bear's New Year's Party: A Counting Book by Owen Paul Lewis is a fun glimpse at the tradition of throwing a New Year's eve party with your friends to celebrate the upcoming year. It opens with an invitation where it is noted that formal dress is required. Then P. Bear sends out invitations to all his best dressed friends. It's a really fun play on 'formal attire' and all the guests arrive looking just smashing! There's also a clock on each page showing the time that each guest or group of guests arrived. An added bonus so you can talk about the concept of time with your children while they are learning all about the new year and count down until midnight.

Squirrel's New Year's Resolution by Pat Miller and illustrated by Kathi Ember. I'm actually very surprised that there are not more children's books that are about the tradition of New Year's resolutions. But Squirrel's New Year's Resolution does a lovely job of sharing about and teaching young children just what a resolution is. The story line follows squirrel on New Years Day wondering what a resolution is and when learning from Bear trying to figure out just what her resolution should be. It seems like all of her friends are great at making resolutions but will squirrel ever have one and what will it be? You'll have to read to find out!

Happy New Year!

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