These lovely reads make a great addition to your child’s collection of books – perfect for the holidays around the corner.
PETE THE CAT: THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by James Dean
“The kitties on the bus go: ‘Pete the cat, Pete the cat, Pete the cat.’” Pete drives a bright yellow bus, picking up his fellow cat friends (and one dog) along the way to school. If your little one is a fan of the Wheels On The Bus nursery rhyme, he’ll love this fun adaptation. Gather the entire family and take turns singing verses.
MY SUPERHERO by Chris Owen
Superhero: tall, muscular and catches crooks all day. Leaps over the tallest building in a single bound. Saves people and fights crime. The narrator’s superhero is nothing like that, but he sings his favourite songs, reads books and gives the best hugs. Beautifully illustrated by Moira Court, this ode to fathers will make any daddy’s day.
GOOD NIGHT TRUCKS: A BEDTIME BOOK by Brian Biggs, Balzer & Bray
Here’s an adorable bedtime story for little ones who can’t stop playing with their toy trucks – after all, these big machines need rest, too. Tuck your toddler into bed and spend some time together bidding 10 different trucks goodnight, as they wind down after a busy day of hard work.
TIBBY, THE TIGER-BUNNY by Emily Lim
A floppy-eared bunny that pounces and roars like a tiger? That’s Tibby. However, the other rabbits avoid playing with him because of his “strangeness”, and Tibby has to amuse himself. But he gets to be a hero when his unique abilities save the day. The expressive drawings will make this a favourite with your little one.
THE ROBOT IN MY PLAYGROUND by Pauline Loh
A heart-warming story of the friendship between Lucas and En-do, a robot who comes to life. The duo spend many hours playing until dawn breaks and the robot’s battery starts to die. Their short time together leaves an indelible mark on the boy’s memories and is something that every kid can relate to.
FANCY NANCY – BUDDING BALLERINA by Jane O’Connor
Budding ballerinas will love this instalment of the Fancy Nancy series. Nancy starts a ballet class at home so she can teach her klutzy father how to dance, but he still can’t get it right. Still, she’s gives him an award for Most Improved Dad. Learn how to pronounce ballet terms while bonding with your little dancer.
IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE – By Laura Numeroff
If a hungry traveller shows up at your house, you might give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he’s going to ask for milk. Then, he’ll want a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk moustache… and so on in this classic circular tale, where the ending leads back to the beginning.
SOMETHING DELICIOUS by Jill Lewis
A Big Something called the Greedy Guzzler is still hungry, despite eating a lot. So he sets off to find a “little something”. Lo and behold, there is a whole army of Little Somethings – each with a tongue-twisting name – living inside a cave on a hill. How will they be able to save themselves from being eaten? Bright, cheery illustrations and zippy text make this a page-turner.
ZOE’S RESCUE ZOO: THE PUZZLED PENGUIN By Amelia Cobb
Zoe lives in her Great-Uncle Horace’s rescue zoo and can talk to the animals. When a tiny penguin arrives, Zoe senses something amiss about him. He’s as cute as a button, but a bit of a puzzle – he doesn’t realise he’s a penguin. A charming tale that blends animal facts, beautiful renderings and a little bit of magic.
SAM, SEBBIE AND DI-DI-DI: SEBBIE’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL By David Seow
It’s Sebbie’s first day of school, and he’s sure he won’t enjoy it. But when his class starts, he finds that he loves singing nursery rhymes, learning his ABCs and eating all the cookies he gets at snack time. Most of all, he finds that he loves school. Read this with your little one if he’s feeling anxious about starting school.
THE CRANE AND THE CRAB by S R Nathan
The kampung fishes’ pond was drying up; how were they going to survive? But then a crane offers to carry them one by one to a new pond. Alas, it is a trick and all the fish are gobbled up by the greedy bird. But waiting nearby is an even craftier crab, waiting to trick the crane himself. Retold by former president S R Nathan, this folk tale teaches an important lesson to all ages.
I SPY IN THE SKY…By Edward Gibbs
What’s that peeking through the die cut hole in the pages? It’s something colourful. Use the clues to guess its identity: It’s something that flies up high in the sky. Then flip the page to find out. This interactive book introduces seven birds in a fun way. Junior can peer through the hole in the final page to see what he can spy with his little eye.
CHILL by Carol Thompson
Dolly the pig and Jack the rabbit are the best of pals, until they fall out over some silly drawings. They’re mad at each other… but sad, too. This lovely story teaches kids how to manage their anger and reconcile with friends. Read it with your little one when he comes home crying that he doesn’t have a best buddy anymore.
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS by Jeff Mack
Most of this story is told in just the four words that make up the title, but what a rib-tickling read! Rabbit and Mouse’s picnic goes awry, yet Rabbit always sees the good side of things, while Mouse does the opposite. Your child will want to read this again and again, even when he’s 10.
ANIMAL OPPOSITES – A POP-UP BOOK by Petr Horacek
Short sausage dog, tall giraffe. Quiet rabbit, loud lion. Opposites are an important basic concept for preschoolers, and this book uses a wide range of animals, paired with typography, to help them better understand it. The minimal use of words reduces confusion and provides an opportunity for you to create hands-on learning activities. The elephant spread (which opens up to four times the size of the page) is especially stunning.
THE COLOURBLIND CHAMELEON by Laura Kantor and Sarah Ray
Chameleons change colours to blend into their surroundings. But one chameleon isn’t like the others. When he’s hiding in a tree, he’ll turn purple. In the rain, he’s yellow and green. Sometimes, it gets him into trouble. When he finds a suitcase filled with the most colourful clothing he’s ever seen, he’s overjoyed. Here, he can hide without worrying about standing out. Best of all, he learns that it’s okay to be different.
By Nikki Fung, Stephanie Yeo and Anita Yee, Young Parents, Young Parents PreSchool Guide, Volume 12