Six Picture Books to Cherish

Question: What is one thing you would tell a new early childhood educator?

Answer: To get down on the floor with the children, spend more time on their level
Charlotte Forsyth, Cherish Childcare

Charlotte’s comment was selected at random in our August 2016 Educa 6th birthday competition. It saw her win her choice of 6 picture books. Charlotte now has 6 extra books to get down on the floor and read with the tamariki (the Maori word for children) and here are the special picture books she chose for Cherish Childcare.


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Author Jr. Bill Martin , Illustrated by Eric Carle

A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck – gorgeous images. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle’s flat, boldly colored collages. With the important pre-reading concepts of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in Bill Martin’s singsong text, Brown Bear Brown Bear creates unforgettable images of endearing animals.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Illustrated by Pam Adams

Forty years after its first publication this much-loved classic is still popular with preschoolers (and adults). Great rhymes and Pam Adams’ fabulous illustrations lend humour and vibrancy to the nonsensical story.

Here’s a fine motor activity [from Munchkins and Moms] to go along with the story

Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

By (author) Carol McCloud, Illustrated by David Messing

This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by “filling buckets.” Updated and revised, this 10th anniversary edition will help readers better understand that “bucket dipping” is a negative behavior, not a permanent label. It also explains that it’s possible to fill or dip into our own buckets.

The Wonky Donkey

By (author) Craig Smith, Illustrated by Katz Cowley

Based on an award-winning children’s song this picture book is a number one bestseller with over 300,000 copies sold to date. In this hilarious song, each page tells us something new about the donkey until we end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky, wonky donkey! Listen to the song and try to predict a new word for each clue given! Watch Craig Smith perform the song on youtube

Counting the Stars: Four Maori Myths

By (author) Gavin Bishop

A collection of four excitingly told and stunningly illustrated Maori stories for children, by award-winning New Zealand children’s writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop. A sequel to Taming the Sun and Riding the Waves, this stunning book contains four Maori myths, including two well-known legends (Ranginui and Papatuanuku and Hinemoa and Tutanekai) and two less well-known legends (The battle of the birds and Kae and the whale). Aimed at children 3-10 years, these myths are simply written and yet powerful.

The Big Hungry Bear

By (author) Audrey Wood , By (author) Don Wood

First published in 1984, a picture book in which the Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader. The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear…How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry?

Charlotte Forsyth is the owner and visiting teacher at Cherish Childcare Homebased service in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Charlotte is an early childhood educator with 20 years experience – in childcare centres; preschools; kindergartens and as a Home-based visiting teacher supporting educators in their role.

As an experienced educator Charlotte requested hardback versions of her chosen books (for durability) and CDs to support the storytelling experience.

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