Digger Dog by William Bee, pictures by Cecilia Johansson.
Every time I read this story, no matter who’s in the audience, no matter how shaky the rest of storytime is going, it’s an absolute winner. Digger Dog sniffs and sniffs, and smells: a bone. He can’t dig it up with his paws, so he gets a digger, then a bigger digger, then the biggest digger in the world to unearth the bone! The story hits so many important readaloud benchmarks: a predictable story with repetition, dogs, construction equipment, visually appealing illustrations that are easy to see from a distance, and amazing fold-out pages that always get a reaction from your audience. The surprise ending always gets a laugh from parents, and some of the older toddlers too. I’ve only had spontaneous applause break out at storytime a handful of times, and this book’s responsible for three of those!
Read during: Toddler Time, spring and summer sessions 2014