Books Kids Will Sit (Or Jump!) For: Dog’s Colorful Day Read Alikes


Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting is a popular children’s book that works on multiple levels. It’s humorous to see Dog get messier and messier with each accident he gets into, it encourages interaction as the child can help count how many spots are on Dog, and it has bright and colorful pictures. It also helps that the book is about a dog, an animal that’s often well loved by children. The book incorporates both colors and counting to stimulate learning.

Here is a list of read aloud books with one or more of the qualities that make Dog’s Colorful Day so fun! As an added bonus, many of these books are educational as well.

Most of these titles are available for check out at East Meadow Public Library. Books recommended for ages 2-5. 


The worst thing a book can do is bore a child. So make em’ laugh!


Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus! by Julie Markes (Illustrated by Maggie Smith)

Don’t like getting dressed in the morning? If you were an octopus, you’d have to put on pants for eight legs! This book is less a story and more a list of funny scenarios. However, the situations are outrageous enough to keep your child laughing while learning about different animals.


Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathon London (Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz)

Froggy wants to go outside to play in the snow! But every time he goes outside, his mom reminds him that he’s forgotten an article of clothing. He’ll need to take articles of clothing off to put the new item on (he needs to take off his shoes to put on his socks, and so on). Just when Froggy’s all bundled up and ready to go he realizes he’s forgotten something else…his underwear!


Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

When George’s mother tells him to bark, he quacks, moos, and meows! What could be wrong? This hilarious, multiple award winning, book will have your child laughing from beginning to end. Ask your child what animals George is mimicking. Then, invite him or her to make the animal noises with you.


Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin (Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri)

Dragons love tacos. Unfortunately, they can’t enjoy their tacos with spicy salsa. If they accidentally eat any, things get a little too…hot. This book is silly all the way through, and will probably make you really want a taco by the end of it.


Dear Dragon by Josh Funk (Illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo

Another book about dragons! In this story Blaise and George are pen pals who tell each other everything. There’s just one problem. One of them is a dragon, one of them is a person, and neither of them know it! What will happen when they learn the truth? A sweet story about friendship and acceptance.


Books that children can do more than just listen to!


Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo? by Jez Alborough

Can’t get your child to sit still for a story? Not a problem. This short picture book invites him or her to stand up and jump, waddle, or scamper along.


From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

This is another book your child doesn’t need to sit still for. From Head to Toe, by beloved children’s author Eric Carle, is better if your child stands! He or she can follow along with the book while learning about what different animals can do with their bodies.


Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

While this book isn’t as inviting as the others, it can be made interactive. A recipient of multiple awards, including the Redbook Children’s Picture Book Award and a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year, Mouse Paint is a fun story about three little mice who make a big mess. As you read, point to the paint and ask the child what color he or she sees. When the mice mix the paints, see if your child can guess what new color they’ll make before turning the page. For added fun, use real paint and follow along with the mice!


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury)

An award winning classic, this book is often read in a sing-song way.  Children will swishing-swashing and stumble-tripping all the way through until the end, where they will encounter a big, furry bear!

Illustrations: Pop Ups

You can’t have a good picture book without good art. All of the titles on this list have appealing illustrations. Pop up books take it up a level. I find that they never fail to dazzle children.


Butterfly, Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Peter Horáček

This book tells the endearing story of a girl named Lucy who’s looking for a butterfly. Lucy encounters different types of bugs in the park. Just when she’s ready to give up, out pops her butterfly. The last page of this book features a butterfly pop up that never fails to delight children.

Photo Credit

Under the Ocean by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud

This book has lovely prose and gorgeous scenery. Your child will sail through stormy seas and arctic landscapes. This book is great for stimulating your child’s imagination.

And More!

More great titles to read aloud!


One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by David Bernstrom (Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

A sneaky snake gobbles up a boy with a whirly-twirly toy, but the boy is clever! He has a plan for escape. The text is appealingly rhythmic and the colorful illustrations are perfect for the jungle setting. Publisher’s Weekly recommends this book for ages 4 and up.


Clip-Clop! by Nicola Smee

Mr. Horse gives some of his friends a ride. Clip clop, clippity-clop! This book’s use of repetition, as well as the surprise ending, will keep your child engaged.

Dog’s ABC: A Silly Story About the Alphabet by Emma Dodd

Don’t forget about Dog! His adventures continue in this book about the alphabet.

Reading Aloud Tips

  • Try to be as consistent as possible. 

If you can, set a scheduled time to read aloud to your child daily.

  • Don’t get frustrated if reading aloud doesn’t work right away.

If you’re trying interactive or fun books and your child still doesn’t enjoy reading aloud, don’t get frustrated! These listening and literacy skills can be learned over time. “Remember: The art of listening is an acquired one. It must be taught and cultivated gradually—it doesn’t happen overnight” (Trelease, 2013, p. 73).

  • Allow your child to read his or her favorites.

Yes, reading the same book over and over again can be tiring. You might be afraid the child isn’t learning enough if you’re reading the same book over and over, but don’t be! Even if it’s the same book, the child is still practicing and that book is encouraging a love of reading.

  • Be aware of the stigma towards boy readers. 

As boys grow older, many stop reading. As a result, girls usually have higher reading and literacy levels. “The myth that boys won’t read or that it’s not “cool” for boys to love reading plays a big part in how these low levels come to be” (Allyn, 2011, p. 29). Try not to let these ideas get into your head as a parent. Encourage a love of reading in your son from a young age the same way that you would for a daughter.

Further Reading


Allyn, Pam. (2011). Turn your boys into readers! Instructor. Back to School 2011, 121(1), 29­-32.
Bird, E. (2015, October 30). Make ‘Em Laugh: Gut-Busting Picture Books That’ll Have ‘Em Rolling in the Aisles. Retrieved May 8, 2017, from
Etue, K. (2015, June 14). 11 beautiful pop-up books to read with your kids. Retrieved May 10, 2017, from
Rasinski, Timothy V. (n.d.). Conducting the Read Aloud. Retrieved May 8, 2017, from
Trelease, J. (2013). The read-aloud hanbook. New York, NY: Penguin Books.
Children’s Book Review: Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London, Author, Frank Remkiewicz, Illustrator Viking Children’s Books $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-670-84249-0. (n.d.). Retrieved May 07, 2017, from
Children’s Book Review: One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom, illus. by Brendan Wenzel. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-235485-3. (n.d.). Retrieved May 5, 2017, from
The 40 Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2016. (2016, December 10). Retrieved May 9, 2017, from
S. (2016, November 01). We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Story Time Activities. Retrieved May 8, 2017, from

Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure


Spiegelman, N., & Sánchez, S. G. (2015). Lost in NYC: a subway adventure. New York, NY: TOON Books.

Genre: Realistic Fiction/Adventure

Grade Level: Toon Comics recommends this for grades 3 and up.

Summary: New student Pablo and his classmate, Alicia, get on the wrong subway on a field trip to the Empire State Building. Now they must find each other and their class in this NYC adventure story.

Review: What a treat this comic was! You don’t have to be a New Yorker to appreciate Lost in NYC, but it certainly does help. In just over fifty pages, the comic manages to make readers feel so invested in the two main characters. The illustrations were also so impressive! They give the reader the fast paced feeling of racing through the crowded, winding streets of NYC. The comic is supported by a diverse cast. I selected this comic because the sense of adventure and theme of friendship make it both a fun and profound read for young children. The bright and colorful pictures will catch a child’s eye, and there are facts and photos about the Empire State Building and subway system to make this comic educational as well.

Educational Connections: The end of the comic features maps, photos, and facts about NYC, the subway system, and the Empire State Building. There is also a section with tips for parents, teachers, and librarians.


Hunter, S. (2015, April 15). Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure. Retrieved May 07, 2017, from

LOST IN NYC by Nadja Spiegelman , Sergio Garca Snchez. (2015, February 3). Retrieved May 07, 2017, from


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How Librarians Can Use Media to Close the Digital Divide

Pisano Simone, L. (2012). eBooks, Libraries and the Digital Divide: Harper Collins, the eBook Industry and the Debate on eBook Lending, Econtent Distribution, DRMs, and Democracy. International Journal Of The Book, 9(2), 69-80.

The title of this article jumped out at me. While I was already aware of the digital divide, I had not really considered how eBooks specifically affect it. I selected this article because the digital divide issue is important, and librarians need to think about how we can still present online materials to children who come from less affluent families. The article goes much more in depth than just eBooks and the digital divide. The author, a librarian herself, discusses how access to eBooks are essential to supporting the open exchange of information and ideas. One thing that affects the access to digital information is the number of eBook platforms. For a single eBook one may buy a Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, or other options. However, one must be able to pay for these devices. This poses a question for libraries. We provide the eBook, but what use is it if patrons can’t afford the device necessary to read it? How much help is the library then?

The resources we looked at this week pose similar questions. Some of the resources were recommendations for how much screen time children should have. However, what of the children who don’t have enough access to technology? I thought the Smart App for Kids site was a wonderful resource, specifically for its Free App Friday feature. This weekly feature isn’t going to immediately fix the digital divide problem, but does its part in closing the gap just a little bit more. The Digital Storytime website also had free apps to share. Librarians need to be aware of the digital divide issue, and of sites like this that do their part. Librarians also need to be aware that, while too much screen time is a problem for many children today, not enough access to technology is an issue for less affluent families.