Title: Ten Tiny Babies
Author: Karen Katz
Illustrator: Karen Katz
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: 2008
Genre/Format: Fiction-Nursery Rhymes/Picture Book
Summary: This is a counting up story about ten roly poly babies! These babies are busy and the reader gets to join in on the fun!
What I Think: I'm a fan of the bright colors and round baby faces in this book! These busy little babies had me wanting to turn the page. The rhymes were fun and the actions had me envisioning a class of preschoolers acting out what the babies were doing. I think this would be great for looking at verbs and also for vocabulary development for English Language Learners. A bonus - the adorable babies in this book are multicultural!!!
Read Together: Pre-K - 3
Read Alone: 1 - 3
Read With: Counting Kisses and other books by Karen Katz; Five Little Monkeys Storybook Treasury (A Five Little Monkeys Story) By Eileen Christelow; This Jazz Man By Karen Ehrhardt
Snatch of Text: "3 bouncy babies jump and...hop!
Along comes another...but he just can't stop!
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Connections, Visualizing
Writing Strategies to Practice: Word choice - verbs
Writing Prompts: Choose one of the verbs from the story and brainstorm synonyms for that word. Put them in order from least to greatest. Write a story about a baby who has gotten out of his or her crib and is on the go, include your interesting verbs in your story!
Topics Covered: Babies, Family, Multicultural, Counting, Word Choice, Synonyms, Vocabulary Development
Translated to Spanish: No, but Karen Katz has other baby books that have been translated to Spanish.