When I came across this list of books from Parents.Com, I immediately checked on-line at my public library website and was able to borrow 4 of them – The Tale of Pip & Squeak, Duck & Goose, Grumpy Bird and Llama Llama Mad at Mama.
I personally found reading and talking about these books with my preschooler entertaining and educational. Pip & Squeak are two brothers who have different artistic talents – artist vs. singer – and once a year they join together to host an annual party…but it ends up being a competition of art show vs. music show! As they fight over it and the art work and music sheets get all messed up, they end up working together to pull everything back together and host the best party ever as well as learn to appreciate each others talent. Duck & Goose is a simple picture board book with different emotions depicted on their faces on each page and the singular word of that emotion – sad, happy, angry, hopeful, etc. I found this book to be great conversation starter for each emotion – Why does Duck look angry? What do you think happened? What could Goose do to make the situation better? Etc. Grumpy Bird is a story of the bird that got up on the wrong side of the bed, but as he took his walk, kept meeting friends who walked along with him and before he knew it a whole gang of friends were with him and turned his frown to a smile. Llama Llama Mad at Mama is a funny rhyming book about little Llama going shopping with his Mama and having a tantrum at the store and how Mama explains to him that it’s not fun for her to run errands either and what is important is that they are together!
5 Books to Promote Good Behavior
By Anna Dewdney
A patient mother llama shows her cranky son that cooperation can make even a boring trip to Shop-O-Rama fun.
By Chisato Tashiro
After being shut out of a frogs-only concert, the mice decide to put on a show of their own — and end up making beautiful music with everyone (including the frogs).
By Tad Hills
The title characters have a big fight over a giant egg. When it turns out to be a ball, they learn to play with it together.
By Jeremy Tankard
Bird is having a bad day until a parade of animal pals follows him around and helps turn his frown upside down.
By Kate Duke
Two mouse brothers with nothing in common work together to throw the best party ever.
Originally published in the March 2009 issue of Parents magazine.
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