3 new books in June 2019

As speech pathologists, we love books because they support conversation, turn taking skills and language development and we regularly use them to therapy. Our new series will highlight five picture books each month that we have chosen for their message, vocabulary, text features or illustrations that we believe you will enjoy reading with your kids at home!

1. Kind

Compiled by Alison Green
This picture book boasts a host of 39 illustrators, including Nick Sharratt, Lydia Monks and Axel Scheffler and each book sold contributes the UK refugee charity, Three Peas charity, of which Axel Scheffler is patron. This book be inspire your children to be kind, from sharing their toys and games to helping those from other counties feel welcome. Opportunities for extended conversation could be to talk about how actions affect feelings


‘Kind’ (Scholastic UK)

2. Birthday on Mars

Sara Schonfield and Andrew J. Ross marry fiction and non-fiction together cleverly in this book which explores the life of Curiosity, the famous NASA Mars rover. The story is told is Curiosity’s perspective as he shows your Mars’ landscape through Ross’ eye-catching illustrations. Your children see the events through Curiosity’s eyes as he celebrates his 1st birthday in 2013 when NASA programmed him to vibrate the tune of “Happy Birthday” to himself. If after reading this book, your kids insist on wishing the Mars rover a happy birthday each year, try these ideas here.

‘Birthday On Mars!’ (Penguin)

3. Can You Find 12 Busy Bees?

Gordon Winch, Illustrated by Patrick Shirvington
Alliteration, descriptive vocabulary (e.g. “2 patient powerful owls”) and a call to count on every page – it’s sure to be enjoyed by your and your kids. The gorgeous fauna and wildlife on every page will get your kids talking and noticing how each animal is unique in its habitat, its actions and its appearance. There are so many opportunities for extended conversations with book, especially if you help your child to compare (what’s the same) and contrast (what’s different) between the wildlife.

Alliteration, descriptive vocabulary (e.g. “2 patient powerful owls”) and a call to count on every page – it’s sure to be enjoyed by your and your kids. The gorgeous fauna and wildlife on every page will get your kids talking and noticing how each animal is unique in its habitat, its actions and its appearance. There are so many opportunities for extended conversations with book, especially if you help your child to compare (what’s the same) and contrast (what’s different) between the wildlife.

“Can You Find the 12 Busy Bees?” (NewSouth Books)

Let us know in the comments if you enjoyed reading about these 3 new books in June 2019!

Our favourite books are featured in our book boxes. The books are picked because of their fantastic vocabulary, story structure, illustrations and are enjoyable to read aloud. By choosing books that fit this strict criteria, we know there will be plenty of opportunities for conversations while reading. Taking turns, asking questions and listening to the answers are allΒ important skillsΒ that will help your child when she starts learning to read.

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