Get Into the Action!

Jumping, running, swinging, wading. Summer is full of action for children. When you talk about what your children are doing while it’s happening, you’ll be helping them learn some action words, or verbs.

Creeping in the grass, tip-toeing across the floor, leaping from the tree, gliding in the water. There are so many descriptive ways to talk about how we move. Here are some books that are all about action. From slow movements like yawning, to quick “on the go” actions, you can have fun reading these books aloud.

rollercoaster book 2“Roller Coaster” by Marla Frazee. Each picture in this book shows one scene of an exciting roller coaster ride. The pictures tell a bigger story than the words alone, so you can talk about what is happening with your child. Look at the expressions on faces of the people riding on the roller coaster. Whee

“The Cat Barked?” by Lydia Monks. Poor kitty really wants to be a dog. But does she really want to chew bones and be lead around on a leash? The story compares all the things a cat does to what a dog does.

“The Goldfish Yawned” by Elizabeth Sayles. In a bedroom with the blue cast of night, there is page after page of slow-moving, quiet, night time verbs. Tick-tock, blink, hum, what’s next?

“Chew, Chew, Gulp!” by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Simple, colorful illustrations of foods are paired with a few action words describing how they are eaten.  “Scoop it. Loop it. Pick it. Lick it.” All the foods are labeled: pudding, licorice, grapes, ice cream cone, and more.

“Bunnies on the Go: Getting Place to Place” by Rick Walton, illustrated by Paige Miglio. Rhyming text leaves off the last word in each phrase so your child can guess the answer that is shown on the next page. Explores all modes of transportation.

“Spot’s First Walk” by Eric Hill. This lift the flap book one of a series that includes other books about Spot the puppy going to the beach, the park, the farm, and baking a cake. Just the right level for toddlers who wants to discover what is under each flap.

“Press here” by Hervé Tullet. Yellow, red, and blue dots with directions on each page to press, shake, blow, and rub seem to make things happen. The experience is interactive using just the paper pages of the book.


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