Where to find the best children’s books

Do you ever think “I totally could have written that” after reading a children’s book?  I know I have! But then I tired to write one for my Master’s Project and GOODNESS GRAY it was tough.  Probably one of the hardest things I’ve completed in my academic career.

There are so many different components that go into a quality piece of children’s literature.  Even though a 18 page picture book seems simple, there is A LOT of thought behind every detail.  It’s hard to know and appreciate the complexities of what constitutes good children’s literature, and even harder to determine which books represent quality children’s lit.  Therefore, I often refer to my favorite book lists to help guide me.  I certainly don’t think every book you read to your child has be awarding-winning literature – believe me, we read a lot of books just for kicks. But I do think it’s important to read your child a balanced diet of children’s literature. The good stuff helps expose them to more thought-provoking and stimulating content matter. read more

Reading Readiness and Pre-Reading Skills

Ahhh Fall….  The cooler temps, crisp winds and falling leaves always remind me of the start of the school year. I loved this time of year when I was teaching.  I have to admit, I mainly loved it because it marked the start of the buying of all the school supplies.  I have a major soft spot for colorful notebooks, character shaped erasers and pencil cases with lots of useless cool compartments.  I grew up in the Lisa Frank and Trapper Keeper era, so it’s hardly my fault.

As a Kindergarten teacher, this time of year also signaled the start of parents questioning me about their child’s reading readiness. read more

When and What to Read to Your Baby

Understanding when and what to read to your baby can be tricky.  Back in my teaching days, parents often asked me questions about reading aloud to their infants.  In particular, they wanted to know when they should start reading to their sweet little newborns.

“Right now,” I would tell them.

They would look at me puzzled and say, “Now? But he/she’s just a baby.”

“Exactly,” I would respond, “get started before she gets older!”

Why Should you Read to Babies?

Sometimes when I read to my kids, especially when they’re babies, I feel like they’re all… read more