Must Haves on your Spring Bookshelf

Now that you’re the expert on Taking Book Reading to the Next Level, its time to continue to build a library of language rich books for your child.

Here are The Speechies picks for your bookshelf this Spring.

Birth to 2 years

Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny!- The illustrations are simple and great for identifying same/different between duck and goose (e.g. duck has a round beak, duck and goose both have wings). The book provides a simple way to teach adjectives, and is a great introduction to Easter vocabulary related to eggs and the Easter Bunny himself.




Lotsa Matzah - “Why is matzah plain and flat? For centuries its been like that.” This board book is great for toddlers and provides a rhyming introduction to Passover’s traditional food, Moses, and the hunt for the afikomen. An excellent opportunity to introduce new vocabulary in preparation for your seder this year.


2-5 years

Happy Easter, Little Critter - Mercer Mayer is one of those forever authors, who consistently delivers a great read, with abundant vocabulary and repetition. This one doesn’t fall short. My shelves are stocked with Little Critter books for the “pre-” preschooler.

Mercer Mayer also has great wordless picture books for your 5+ kiddo to practice story telling and narrative skills. Check out ones like Frog Goes to Dinneror A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog.



The Matzah That Papa Brought Home - This read is a “cumulative tale,” where each page gets longer and longer toexplain the feast of Passover. I love the variety of verbs and abstract adjectives that Ned Bittinger uses, great new word exposure for your little one.

Remember that pairing book reading tips with the five best methods for word learning will catapult your child’s language and vocabulary development.

What’s your little one’s favorite Easter or Passover book? We would love to hear from you!


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