Here is a perfect book for Maya right now. She loves fruit, but hasn't learned any of their names. She's working on banana and peach. But she is making progress on being able to call her stuffed bear by name.
Orange Pear Apple Bear, by Emily Gravett, is sort of an art book that cleverly manipulates those four words to create a lot of meaning.
The images are arranged in different orders, and the colors of the objects are fluid. This makes it possible to create pages such as "Orange pear/Apple bear".
Finally the bear eats the fruit one by one. "Orange, bear" then "Pear, bear" and "Apple, bear".
"There." (Okay, there are five words)
This is a great book for building vocabulary and practicing rhythm, rhyme, and changing your voice to change meaning. Be creative.
Early Literacy Tip of the Day
Speaking of food. The summer reading program theme around here was What's Cooking at the Library. The Saint Paul libraries created a reading wheel with some great ideas for how to incorporate literacy into grocery shopping, cooking, etc.
Here are a couple:
Make a shopping list together and cross out the names of grocery products as you put them in your cart.
Play I Spy - What do you see that starts with B? Banana, bread.
Count grocery items together as you add them to your cart.
Eat smart! Healthy food can increase a child's brain development and intelligence.
It's a nice well-rounded (remember it's a wheel) guide. I wish I had an online version to tell you about, but start with these. I bet you can come up with some more ideas of your own.