Dante’s Shelf: June 2021 Favorites

Posted June 17, 2021 by Berls in Dante's Shelf, Review / 1 Comment

I thought it would be fun to share some of Dante’s favorite books every month. He tends to have a few favorites at a time and we read them over and over. This way, parents & teachers can learn about some picture books they might want to share with their kids and I got a built-in memory of his favorites over time. Win, win!

This month Dante has been pretty all over the place with his book picks. He’s pulled out old favorites, but only one book was strikingly favorite. So I’m picking that one plus two others that have made it into the rotation that were not favorites yet in these reviews.

Dante’s Shelf: June 2021 FavoritesMoo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
Published by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books on September 6, 2004
Genres: Picture Books
Pages: 14
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gift

Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

This one actually has hit the rounds almost every day  – and there was a small space where Dante would pretend to put it away and then bring it back to me to read again. (I guess in his mind, if he put it away, we never read it?)

This is a very simple board book featuring animals and their sounds. Dante has a favorite page – featuring the dogs – and he tends to flip quickly to that page and giggle a bit on that page before flipping quickly through the rest of the book so we can reread and get to that favorite page again.

I think it’s an excellent book for young readers like Dante to learn their animals – farm, pets, and even some zoo animals. And it’s short, making it easy for little attention spans.

5 stars Flipping Fantastic

Dante’s Shelf: June 2021 FavoritesGoodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Published by HarperCollins on January 23, 2007
Genres: Picture Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gift

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room -- to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one -- the little bunny says goodnight.
In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

This classic book had been a favorite and then got temporarily misplaced and he forgot about it. But he’s refound it and we pull it out a couple times a week at minimum.

He seems to enjoy the pictures. I find this to be a good book to work on pointing to things, since the story says good night to different items that are pictured. And you see every item twice, so it’s a good vocabulary builder (especially for older kids) as well.

4.5 stars I loved it

Dante’s Shelf: June 2021 FavoritesDont Tickle the Dinosaur! by Sam Taplin
Published by Usborne Books on June 17, 2020
Genres: Picture Books
Pages: 10
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

You shouldn’t tickle the dinosaurs... but it might be hard to resist! Little children will love pressing the touchy-feely patches to make the sounds in this hilarious book. When you tickle the soft patch on each charmingly illustrated dinosaur, it triggers a noise... and then at the end you can hear all the dinosaurs being noisy at the same time. Combines touchy-feely with sounds and die-cut holes. A perfect gift for little children. The third title in a very exciting new series of baby books.

This book is on it’s last leg… I’ve actually had to replace the battery (yes, in a book!) and pages are ready to start falling off – that’s how loved it is. The book showcases a few dinosaurs and you’re not supposed to tickle them… except of course, you do and they make noise when you do.

This book is a great sensory book – the place where you touch the dinosaurs to make noise is soft and fuzzy – not to mention the sounds it makes. I’ve found this to be an excellent doctors office book, since Dante can be entertained reading it independently while I’m filling out forms. And I guess it probably is a good beginner book for future dinosaur lovers.

4 stars Pretty Great

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