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Monday, September 26, 2016

Time for a good story

In my world, it's always time for a good story.  I love reading aloud to children.  It is so much fun to
see children engaged in a story especially as I become more animated or the plot thickens.  

Reading to children has so many positive aspects.  It helps build reading skills, relationships and hopefully a love of books.  It is important to read regularly to children.  At home, parents should aim to read 10-15 minutes a day to their child.  Reading before bedtime helps to bring a peaceful end to the day.

Ask your child to participate in choosing the book and be prepared to read their favorite book over and over again.  If it's your turn to choose, bring in a variety of genres such as nonfiction, graphic novels, poetry, etc.  With younger children, have some fun and see if they can make rhymes up for certain words or finish the rest of a sentence if there is a pattern to the story (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. has repeating text).  Be sure to stop and look at the illustrations and talk about what's going on in them to deepen their comprehension of the story.  Also, children love when you create different voices for the characters (you should hear them giggle when I use different voices).

Need a few suggestions?  Here you go!

Biblioburro:  A True Story from Columbia by Jeanette Winters
What if the library came to your neighborhood on the back of a donkey?  This is a true story of a Colombian schoolteacher's traveling library, which brought books to children in remote

Just a Second  by Steve Jenkins
In just 1 second, a bumblebee flaps its wings 100 times and the earth travels 18-1/2 miles.  This nonfiction book will help your child think about time in new ways.  Different methods of measuring time will also be discovered.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
When a little boy discovers that dragons like to eat tacos, he decides to host a taco party for them.  But if a fire-breathing dragon accidentally gets a bite of spicy salsa, look out! 


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