Spread Cheer with Books This May with Joanne Sallay #TeachMeTuesday

May is a month to recognize and show appreciation for the special people around us. We honour our mothers and maternal figures on Mother’s Day, our teachers during Education Week, and athletes (family, friends, and celebrated runners) during marathon season.

Here are three books for children that celebrate and “cheer on” the special adults in our lives.

You are Two and You are Three

Written by Sara O’Leary, Illustrated by Karen Klassen
For ages: 1–3 and 2–4











Last year, for Mother’s Day, I featured You are One. This year, I was thrilled to discover it was the first of a three-part series. At first glance, these picture books may not seem like a traditional Mother’s Day pick, but they are designed as sentimental gifts for parents who will enjoy capturing sweet milestones with their children (who are growing up so fast). Giggling with youngsters as you turn the pages will likely be the best present of all. I guarantee readers of all ages will be requesting a continuation of the series, hoping for You are Four.

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School

Written by Deborah Diesen, Illustrated by Dan Hanna
For ages: 3–6

Education Week, which takes place at the beginning of May, presents an opportunity to spotlight student achievement and teacher excellence. The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School accomplishes both of these important goals in the same lovable, rhyming style that made the original New York Times bestseller so famous. In this “fintastic” follow-up, Mr. Fish navigates his insecurities about school with the help of his very special teacher, Miss Hewitt. This picture book is also perfect for back-to-school season or any other time little learners need a motivation boost.





Ready, Set, Go!

Written by Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
For ages: 4–8

This athletic adventure is particularly appropriate this month as crowds line the streets to cheer on loved ones for charity walks, races, and marathons. Follow Miranda as she unintentionally enters the big race while trying to help her dad. Fans of Robert Munsch will be delighted to discover a new story to add to their collection of classics.









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