Toddler Reading List – Opposites

Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover

Every Friday morning I read stories and sing songs with a group of toddlers at the Cover to Cover bookstore in San Francisco. This week the theme is Opposites and I’ll be reading the following books:

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. (This week I promise to bring the right book) The snail is so small and the whale is so big, but they both need one another on their round the world adventure.

Big Sister Little Sister by LeUyen Pham. A different concept of big and little as we look at older and younger, mostly from the younger sister’s perspective. The 1950s style illustrations give us a lot to look at and help us to read between the lines.

Opposites by Sandra Boynton. A very simple board book with all the opposites you could think off my favourite is Right and Wrong, illustrated by a pig trying to talk on the phone by wearing it as a hat. That’s pretty wrong.

Noisy City Night by Sara Anderson. This is a great read aloud book because it has so many loud noises in it, crash, slam, rattle, splutter and weeeeeeyouuuuuu, to name only a few. But when we get to the end of the book the noises get quieter until we’re just listening to a motor purr at sleepy time. The other major selling point for this book is that it’s board pages are shaped like buildings in a city and no two pages are the same. (I also like the billboards which say “you never did like peas” and similar grown up jokes.

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion. I’ve read this one quite recently, but it has so many opposites it’s hard to leave it out. There’s clean and dirty; black and white; fast and slow; sad and happy; naughty and good and awake and asleep. It’s an old book, but it doesn’t make the story any less charming. In fact there’s a sense of historical fiction to the coal chute and smokey railroad references.
I’ll be singing the Up and Down song, the Hokey Pokey and Open Shut them and I’ll read the traditional nonsense poem which starts “I went to the pictures tomorrow…”

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