During June my toddler turned 17 months. We had picked out to read Bus Stops by Taro Gomi and Jamberry by Bruce Degen as our new books.
Both of these books were recommended in the book Baby Read Aloud Basics which I borrowed from the library. It is an oldish book, as it was written in 2003. So a lot of the recommendations I couldn’t locate or they were uber expensive. You can read a bit more about this book here but it is hard to find to buy in Australia.
Bus Stops by Taro Gomi (board book version)
Bus Stops is a pleasantly simple story about a bus and the places it stops at.
The stops include the beach, a construction site, the city, the hospital, a movie set, market place, junkyard and fair. At the end of the book, the driver parks the bus at the garage and we say ‘Goodnight, bus’.
We’ve had this book for about 5 weeks and for the first 4 weeks, Chloe wasn’t interested in this book. Then suddenly this week she had the realisation that the story was about a bus and she loves the song the ‘Wheels on the bus’. So in the last few days, we have read this book a lot!!
She is enamoured with the horse on the movie set spread. This is her favourite page to stop and look at.
She also enjoys pointing out the helicopter in the city scene and the animals (dog/cat) in the marketplace.
*We have the board book version. I believe that the original version also has a question on each page. Making it a bit like an eye-spy book.
I quite enjoyed this book and I’ve added a few Taro Gomi books to my ever-expanding wish list!
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Jamberry is a rhyming book about a bear looking for berries to make jam.
This is another lovely book but Chloe hasn’t seemed too interested yet. We have read it a few times but it hasn’t been a favourite.
She does enjoy the page with the strawberry ponies but she doesn’t stick through with the book to the end. I’m going to wait a few weeks and get it out again. I think she will like it eventually.
Personally I love it, it’s fun to read. I love the page with the Razzamatazzberry!
What we are reading for July 2019?
Our July 2019 Toddler Book Club books are:
If you’d like to see all the 2019 Joy in the Post Toddler Book Club selections visit our reading list page.
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What have you been reading?
I’d love to know if your thoughts on both these books or any books you’ve been enjoying reading with your toddler.