Alan Baker is a British author/illustrator who has written a series of children's books called "Little Rabbit Books". Several of these books are written to reinforce early concepts. We checked out quite a few (not all) books from the series and overall they were quite the hit with Jonathan. Here's what we read the past couple weeks:
Jonathan loved this book. He's known his colors for a while now, but he just really enjoyed this simple story about a little white rabbit dipping herself in paint. The rabbit makes different colors from the red, blue, and yellow paint and eventually ends up a totally different color all together. This was a book that Jonathan wanted read again and again. I think we may end up trying to combine paint colors to make our own color mixing experiment.
This book attempts to teach the ABCs through a little rabbit's efforts to paint a picture of an apple. This is a clever little book, but Jonathan didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other books. I liked that the book included both uppercase and lowercase letters though.
In this book, brown rabbit receives a box in the mail. Inside the box is a tube of balloons and rabbit proceeds to make different shapes out of the balloons until he is worn out. Jonathan also really enjoyed this book about shapes. He's recognized shapes for a while, but this book included some new shapes such as "tube" and "pear'shaped". It also included some fun sound effects. This is another book that he requested frequently.
Another cute book about a gray rabbit who finds several lumps of clay and makes animals of different shapes from one worm to ten mice. Jonathan really liked this book- I think he was fascinated by the idea of making animals out of play dough. Jonathan requested this book frequently as well. I think we may also try to do some play dough sculpting this week!
I checked this book out thinking of Grace, but was pleasantly surprised by its appeal to Jonathan. This is in one sense a typical word book, with rabbits presenting words under different topics. What makes this different is that the book has some games you can play with your child at the back such as matching shapes, colors, etc. Jonathan had fun pointing out different items and even did pick up a few new words.
This is a book that follows rabbits through the day. It has a clock with moveable hands that you can set to the time in the book. Jonathan really liked playing with the clock, and that actually distracted him from the story itself at this point. I think it will be a great book for when we are learning about time!
Overall, we really enjoyed these books and I will probably try to add them into our collection. They would also fit in quite well with an Easter/Spring theme!