I love children’s literature! The right story and the right illustrator can take you and your children on a journey of knowledge and magical adventures. Children’s literature is full of language concepts, vocabulary, interesting characters, fantasy, factual information and beautiful illustrations. The things all children need to be successful readers and successful in school.
Did you know that the rule of thumb for preparing children for school is about 1,000 hours of lap time? Lap time, meaning, when you read to your child…whether they are sitting on your lap or not, they still need to have this exposure to literature. That time breaks down to approximately 30 minutes of reading a day. Everyone is busy, but that time right before bed is the perfect time to get this done at home. Right after recess or before students leave for the day are other times when it’s easy to pull out a book and just read.
I know that many of our students who are in special education and in general education for that matter, do not get that 1,000 hours of reading time before they enter school, let alone the hours of reading exposure and practice after they start their school career. This absolutely breaks my heart!
In today’s video I want to introduce you to a delightful book called, The Day the Crayons Quit, if you haven’t already seen it. It’s my way of highlighting just how wonderful, fun, and beneficial the language and concepts in a book can be for your children….special needs or not.
Take a look!
Another “crayon” book just out (2015) called, Red, A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall and I plan to highlight it later this summer. Stay tuned for that one! It’s adorable too!
Other favorites are:
The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood (kindergarten)
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (first grade)
Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones by Ruth Heller (second grade)
The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Rob Hartman and Tim Raglin (third grade)
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein (fourth grade)
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks (fifth grade)
Holes by Louis Sachar (sixth grade)
Some old, some new, all great! Read, read, read to your children. Don’t stop until they ask you to!
Enjoy your summer reading or collecting books to read to your students!
Take care and I’ll see you next time!