Toddler Time: Black and White

I thought that after doing so many books about things that were colorful, we should give black and white things a chance to shine. This was a surprisingly easy toddler time to grab books for, once I started thinking outside the color box!

Opening Song: My Hands Say Hello

Nursery Rhyme: Baa Baa Black Sheep

Nursery Rhyme: Five Fat Sausages

Book: Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews

This book is definitely a classic! Some parts of it seem a little dated (I don’t think anyone under the age of five knows what a rotary phone looks like), but I really love how much it plays with the same shapes and emphasizes imagination.

Game: Little Bird

Book: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Yet another animal, animal book. A solid entry into the well-loved series, emphasizing sounds instead of sights. The drawings are characteristic of Carle – beautiful and expressive while still retaining their almost primitive simplicity (don’t I totally sound like I know what I’m talking about? Spoiler alert: I don’t at all!)

Song: Storytime Cube

Book: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean

Pete the Cat, loving his shoes and knowing that no matter what you step in, you just gotta keep going along and singing your song. I mean, this book is so popular at storytimes for a reason: it’s fun to sing with, it’s simple enough to read. I love it, although I think it’s strange that after his shoes turn red, he steps in blueberries and they turn blue instead of purple. Color mixing, people. COLOR MIXING.

Shaker Song: Shake It to the East

Shaker Song: Shaking your Shaker!

Song: Rum Pum Pum

Goodbye Song: Goodbye, Goodbye I’ll See You Soon

I really liked all these books, and I think they balanced each other in terms of length, plot, and interest level. I did this toddler time in the children’s area, instead of the meeting room, because my library hosts early voting and we got booted. It’s always a challenge for kids to focus when there are so many books around and a brand new environment, but these books kept their attention strikingly well. I’m almost sad to see our color series come to an end. Next week, we tackle all the colors together and color mixing!


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