I volunteer in my kids' elementary school library 2x a month, and I never tire of helping those kids find their "fun" books. In fact, it is great RA training. As I tell my students, if you can get a kid to tell you about a book they liked, you can get even the most stubborn adult to work with you. I am humbled each time I work in the school library. I have to work hard to get the RA conversation even started, let alone convince them to take the book I am book talking to them. Kids will say "no" to a book after your first sentence. It really helps you to hone your book talking skills.
I will be there tomorrow morning, handing out Children's Book Week bookmarks and helping those kids find something "fun" to read.
|Captain Hook, Max, and Fancy Nancy|
To put us all in the Children's Book Week spirit, for Today's Monday Discussion, I want to know your favorite children's books.
I'll go first. I loved Shel Silverstein as a kid. Heck, I still do. But, today I wanted to point out a few books that I read to my kids and now buy for all the new parents I know. Here is a small list of the childrens' books I have learned to love as a parent.
- The Red Lemon by Bob Staake: such a great message and the rhymes written as an homage to Dr. Seuss makes it fun to read aloud.
- Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox: A great book for young children. A more perfect book to read right from birth through age 3 I have had yet to find. I think I could still recite it by heart if pressed to do so.
- Any Harold and the Purple Crayon books: old I know, but I was not as in to them when I was a kid.
- Any Mo Willems book, but I am especially fond of Leonardo, the Terrible Monster because it is so fun to read out loud. A close second is Today I Will Fly! only because I am an eternal optimist like Piggie, and it is nice to see his dreams of the impossible coming true.
Now it is your turn to share your favorite childrens' book old or new.
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