Can a Toucan Hoot Too? by Lavelle Carlson is an excellent book for rhyming and phonemic awareness. A 66+ page workbook is also included with the subscription to this website. The children pester their grandfather to tell them about the toucan. Finally, he takes them through the rainforest to meet many animals. The story is followed by beautiful animal and bird photos provided by The Toucan Rescue Ranch of Costa Rica.
By Lavelle Carlson
Poop! Fart! These are the words that can be so embarrassing for parents and grandparents. And, it is certainly a headache for preschooler and early elementary teachers to try to instill the inappropriateness in their young students. Well, Farting Four-Toed Troll gives a great opportunity for parents and teachers to talk about these words in a way that is more appropriate. Introduce the book title and say, “Hmmm, should we say Farting Four-Toed Troll or Christmas Troll? I wonder how the Norwegian or Swedish troll would feel if we called him a farting troll”. You can also introduce manners during the reading of the book as the troll says, “Excuse me” after he lets off gas. Was there a mother troll who thanked him for using his manners? Always talk about kindness to children and different words that are “kind” words that make people feel good.
EEK! I Hear a Squeak is a delightfully humorous book that is an excellent read to children as you try to get them to settle down for bed. It is a great book for teaching early literacy because it contains many of the components recommended by early literacy specialists; i.e. dialogue set in bubbles for print awareness, rhyming, colorful pictures, repetition and predictability, counting, and interactive dialogue for language development. It is a good book for introducing all the fairy tales with the count of three. The book has included black/white images for children to color – can be copied with permission of author. EEK! I Hear a Squeak was 2008 Award Recepient, Children’s Picture Book, Humor. NEW! FREE 37 page workbook with additional coloring pages, EEK! I Hear a Squeak Activity book.
Read-the-Picture Stories, by Jenny Loehr, is the Third Edition of a popular and staple training book with stories used by speech/language pathologists, reading teachers, paraprofessionals, classroom teachers and home-school parents. The 78 stories cover many early sounds that are addressed in articulation in the elementary and junior high schools. Included are the sounds and blends of /s/, /r/, /l/, /sh/, /th/, /ch/, /j/, /k/, /g/, and /f/. The stories are a great tie-in to literacy, language and reading goals. The stories were written and/or revised by Jenny Loehr. She is also the illustrator. The publisher is making available audio eBooks on this site to correspond to the stories in Read-the-Picture Stories. They and flashcards for each story are free. The site will continue to add stories and activities.