Turning 2 is a major life-changing event when you are a toddler. Henceforth, I’m dedicating the next few blog posts to his Almost 2 celebration!
A couple of weeks ago, we went to the library to check out some books that’s in line with birthday celebration. There are many titles out there but a couple caught my attention. Here’s 2 interesting books that you may wish to check out with your LOs.
Title: Dinosaur Zoom
Author: Penny Dale
At a glance, this book seems to have nothing to do with birthdays! That’s why I love this book. In fact, while reading this book to Ez for the first time, I actually went back to check out the first couple of pages again just to see how I could have missed it!
Different dinosaurs in different vehicles. You can point out that the headlights were switched on during inclement weather. A ribbon tied to the load on the truck to warn others not to get too close to the protruding load. But did you notice the 🎁🎁🎁 beside each dinosaur?!
Taking a closer look, you will realize that the dinosaur is bringing the decorations and plates, etc.
See the space above the helmet? The illustrator included all the vehicles from the previous pages! Ez was the one who noticed them. Also he pointed out that this dinosaur had candles.
In this picture, we can probably point out how they helped each other out. This puts emphasis on how teamwork and cooperation make it easier and faster to complete a task. Very difficult concepts to grasp but at least it’s a tiny step towards acquiring some SEL skills.
Remember the box on the tractor?! And you will soon realize that the box contained a nice surprise. But check out the dinosaur on the tree! Yes!!! Ez found it hilarious that the bunch of balloons had flown away! He would say, “Oh no! Oh no! Come back, come back balloons!” 🤦🏻♀️ Very drama this boy.
I love the attention to details on this page! There’s even a picture of the yellow Jeep (or whatever it’s called) and look at all the dinosaurs hiding with their presents! Get your LOs to search for them!
We love this page too! The opening of the presents! Obviously a highlight in any parties! Ez loves the bulldozer. You can also get your LOs to identify the different food that’s in the background.
So while reading this to your LOs, do spend some time to point out the details in the beautiful illustrations. We absolutely adore this book and hope you like it too!
Title: Happy Birthday, Hugless Douglas!
Author: David Melling
This is another interesting book because of the opportunity to discuss how one feels when things don’t go the way we expected. As toddlers, they are still struggling to manage their big feelings. So do spend more time working on managing emotions while you read the story. By the way, there’s many other interesting titles in the series to check out.
This book is definitely more advanced than the previous one but it’s still a joy to read this to Ez. He was sad when the bear got hurt and he laughed when he saw the animals all wrapped up in bandages. I will definitely check out the other titles!
PS: There’s a book on construction and fire trucks. Both are things Ez love at the moment.