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Job interview - best book to read to preschoolers?

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MamOfTwo Wed 26-Feb-14 11:09:25

I have a job interview and have to take a book I would read to pre-schoolers. I was thinking "We're going on a bear hunt", "The Gruffalo", "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", or "Dear Zoo" (too babyish?). There are just too many books to choose from! What would you pick?

Thewhingingdefective Thu 06-Mar-14 18:17:08

Brilliant, well done! I used to love working in the library.

MamOfTwo Thu 06-Mar-14 17:59:48

I got the job! thanks to all on this thread - thank you for your help. Went with The Tiger Who Came To Tea. So happy!

Thewhingingdefective Thu 06-Mar-14 11:15:13

Good choice, Mamoftwo. Hope you got the job smile

sicily1921 Wed 05-Mar-14 18:44:22

Room on the Broom *
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Guess How much I love you
we're going on a bear hunt

I presume you want something fairly short, * maybe that's a bit long but entertaining though! Good luck with it.

breatheslowly Fri 28-Feb-14 22:14:42

I love The Fox in the Dark. I first saw it read on Cbeebies by Josie Lawrence. We have also just received a copy of Meet the Parents and it has a lovely rhythm and lots to talk about with preschoolers.

NearTheWindymill Fri 28-Feb-14 21:58:32

I really liked Each Peach Pear Plum, Ahlberg. And what about anthologies of nursery rhymes?

ceeveebee Fri 28-Feb-14 21:54:16

We love Bear Hunt and the Tiger that came to Tea here too.

Also What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson, its easy to make it interesting as there are lots of animal noises and a proper plot

BlueChampagne Fri 28-Feb-14 21:44:02

A classic, or are you up on modern children's fiction? Interview head on!
Is it worth taking one of each?

AfroditeJones Fri 28-Feb-14 14:55:53

But then if you get the pronunciations and pace right, it will be amazing!

MamOfTwo Fri 28-Feb-14 14:04:10

We love Hairy MClary too but I always find it a bit of a tongue-twisting read - not good in an interview situation!

ClaraFox Fri 28-Feb-14 13:05:16

The aliens are coming!

Groovee Fri 28-Feb-14 13:04:12

Hairy McLary are fab, Jumblebum is much loved in our nursery. Alien love Underpants is another fabulous one.

Personal preference but I despise the tiger who came to tea. I've never liked it.

MamOfTwo Fri 28-Feb-14 12:59:43

Thank you for all the suggestions thanks After much thinking, I think I am going to go for The Tiger Who Came To Tea...

AfroditeJones Fri 28-Feb-14 10:03:18

Oh Hairy Mclary is fabulous!

maillotjaune Thu 27-Feb-14 22:55:37

Penguin by Polly Dunbar
Not Now Bernard (the best book for preschoolers ever according to 3 boys in my house!)
Some Dogs Do or the Eddie and Freddie books by Jez thingy (My Friend Bear etc?)

kimlo Thu 27-Feb-14 19:37:28

walking through the jungle is great!

the tiger that came to tea
giraffes can dance
stick man

MollyTheCat Thu 27-Feb-14 09:38:19

Could also look at Shark in the Park by Nick Sharrett, it is a good one to get children joining in with.

DeWe Thu 27-Feb-14 09:30:36

I would go for The Night Pirates. It's fun to read and very engaging for children.

nocutsnobuttsnococonuts Wed 26-Feb-14 22:10:27

I would also suggest something a bit different.. here are some of our favourites grin

the tiger that came to tea

peace at last


the fish who could wish

winnie the witch

burgular bill


hairy mclary

the golden egg

or keeping with julia donaldson tabby mctat, the troll, smartest giant in town are also good but less well known.

sorry we read ALOT probably have over 250 kids books!

Marcipex Wed 26-Feb-14 21:56:01

Hairy Maclairy is our preschool favourite , funny and rhymes so easy to read well.

shoom Wed 26-Feb-14 20:32:09

Walking through the jungle

MamOfTwo Wed 26-Feb-14 20:20:42

Thank you all for your suggestions. I have some thinking to do...!

madamehooch Wed 26-Feb-14 16:51:44

Once upon a Time or Pirate Pete both by Nick Sharratt. They're books where the children can decide what happens next. I've used them many times with preschools and Key Stage 1 and they might make you stand out a bit from everyone else who will be using Bear Hunt:-)

SpiderStacy Wed 26-Feb-14 11:45:35

Going on a Bear Hunt - there's a clip on Youtube of Michael Rosen reading it. It's hilarious. And you could argue that it teaches prepositions, the children could be encouraged to join in the actions, it could inspire all kinds of craft projects and adaptations, talking about feelings (fear) etc.

DebbieOfMaddox Wed 26-Feb-14 11:44:19

A storytime session we once went to at the library used My Cat Likes To Hide In Boxes (obviously there were others, but that's the one that's stuck in my head years later). It's got a good rhyming structure, entertaining pictures and the cats appeal to children at that age.

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