Posted: Friday 31st January 2020
Our Early Years Librarian, Margaret Street highlights some of the new picture books you can now find in all Hertfordshire Libraries
Rhyme and Sign adventure books with British Sign Language
Picture books containing British Sign language (BSL) are very hard to find so I was really pleased to discover this series called ‘Rhyme and Sign adventure’ books. They have bright illustrations and cover themes which appeal to young children - farm animals, mini beasts and transport. The BSL is clearly signed at the bottom of each page and these relate perfectly to the pictures.
The stories are written with lots of repetition to help children (and adults) practise the different words and signs, and to build up their vocabulary throughout the story. Three lovely stories for everyone to join in with.
It's a no-money day
Author: Kate Milner Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Mum works really hard and budgets carefully but today there is no food in the cupboards and no money to buy more so this means a visit to the foodbank. Mum feels ashamed that she has to rely on donations from strangers, but her daughter likes going to the food bank and chats happily to the kind lady who gives her biscuits and squash. Despite their hardships, the girl is cheerfully optimistic and talks enthusiastically about all the free activities she can enjoy on a no-money day, such as chasing pigeons, reading a scary book from the library, and making a kitten out of mum’s dressing gown.
It’s a thought-provoking topic about what it means to live in poverty, why food banks are needed and who may use them. I like the fact that this story is written in a matter of fact way from the little girl’s point of view. It is perfect to share with young children to develop empathy and understanding (or to recognise their own situation). The muted illustrations are full of detail and the warmth between mother and daughter shines through with hope for a brighter future.
The Parrot Tico Tango
Written and illustrated by Anna Witte
Follow the cheeky parrot Tico Tango, as he creates chaos throughout the rainforest by stealing fruits from all the other forest dwellers. But parrot Tico Tango learns his lesson when greed finally gets the better of him and he takes on more than he can carry.
This is a bright and colourful picture book and children will love to join in with the repeated, rhyming refrains – great for building up their memory skills. It introduces fruits, colours and rainforest animals to young children in a laugh out loud and energetic way. You could even make a fruit salad after the story and try out some new tastes.
There is also a QR code to access an audio edition sung by Brian Amador.