Parker Williams Celebrates Bill Martin, Jr.

Recent news on the education front has reminded me of some of my favorite books by author Bill Martin, Jr. After all, who could hate an author who writes about such dangerous topics as purple cats, blue horses and rhyming letters? 

What I did not know, until yesterday, was that Martin had worked as a school principal and as editor-in-chief of the school division of Holt, Rinehart and Winston. He also managed to write more than 300 children's books, as well as conducting educator workshops that trained more than 50,000 teachers throughout the United States. Because I am so impressed that an author could write so many great books, I have decided to feature a few of those books in some of my Toddler Times this spring. (Yes, I know it's technically not spring until March 20, but for a Hoosier transplanted to Texas it sure feels like spring already.)

First, on Feb. 18, I am planning to read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, as a conclusion to the color series currently underway. This week, by the way, we'll be exploring the color green.

Then, on March 25, we will read Here are My Hands as we learn about some of the things little bodies can accomplish.

On Earth Day (April 22), toddlers and their parents can learn about endangered species through Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? We'll also read Martin's I Love Our Earth. The following week, on April 29, we'll celebrate Arbor Day (Arbor Day is April 30), with a reading of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Toddler Times are held at 10 am and 11:15 am each Thursday here at Parker Williams Library, at the corner of Scarsdale Boulevard and Beamer Road near the southeast side of Houston. They feature short stories, bubbles, songs, crafts and toys. The sessions are designed for children who are just learning to walk through age 3. Younger and slightly older siblings are welcome too.