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Kwame Alexander Teaches Us – HOW TO READ A BOOK

February 27, 2020

Frequent readers of my blog know – I love picture books! I just glommed on to a fabulous picture book, and I don’t want to let it go!

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How to Read a Book is written by Kwame Alexander, a New York Times bestselling author and winner of multiple awards. He received the Newbery Medal in 2015 for The Crossover, and in January of this year, he won a Newbery Honor for his book The Undefeated. Kwame Alexander’s picture book is a lyrical poem written from the heart. His powerful words evoke wonder and excitement and encourage children to open a book and “peel its gentle skin, like you would a clementine.” He writes about the feel, the smell, the sound, the look, and the taste of words readers discover in books. Alexander’s awe-inspiring poem speaks to the soul and opens the door to the joys of reading. Melissa Sweet’s illustrations add another dimension to Alexander’s delightful text. Sweet is also a New York Times bestselling author and artist, a two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor Medal, and winner of the 2012 Sibert Medal for Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. Melissa Sweet’s unique collage illustrations complement Kwame Alexander’s poetic words. She uses a variety of materials including neon paint colors and pages from a discarded copy of Bambi which adds to the overall experience as readers immerse themselves in this book. Besides the eye-catching colors and attention to detail, Sweet also includes fold-out pages and smaller pages within pages that will appeal to readers. Each page turn is a gift of words and art.

This book is truly magic!

 

 

Resolution: Turn Your Kids on to Books!

January 9, 2020

“From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings.”~ Helen Hayes

Here are ten easy reading resolutions for the new year to encourage your child to read:

Frequent the library

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Fill your house with books

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Read to your kids

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Choose a variety of books to have on hand – fiction and nonfiction

Share books

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Keep books in the car

Create a cozy reading space or let your kids find a place of their own

(Poor dog just lost her cozy spot)

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Create a fun activity to go along with a book

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Don’t forget about children’s magazines – a different feel, a different look

Be a role model and let your children see you reading

“There are many different ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” ~Jacqueline Kennedy

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“Turn the pages of your imagination…READ!”~Author Unknown

 

Raising Readers

September 26, 2019

Starting from the womb and beyond, reading to your children is a perfect way to get them hooked on books. To create a reader, be a reader. Studies have shown reading to your children helps develop speech and language skills, comprehension, vocabulary, concentration, listening skills, and imagination. Reading is a great way to forge family bonds, to teach children about the world around them, and to develop empathy toward others.

The library is a perfect place to check out books without spending money. You can read…

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In a hat

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On a mat

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Under a chair

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In a crate

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On a deck

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On a rainy day

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With your younger sister

You can read anywhere!

So, set aside a special time each day, gather your children together and…

READ.

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Promote Reading with Dr. Seuss

February 28, 2019

Saturday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. In schools across the nation, children will be celebrating Read Across American Day on Friday, March 1st.

Don’t miss out. Grab a book and read!

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One book, two books.

Old books, new books.

 

Some are short and funny, too.

Some are long like a size twelve shoe.

 

Magic happens in a book.

Turn the page and take a look.

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Books can fly you to the moon

Just by riding on a spoon.

 

Happy, sad, or full of flair

Books can take you anywhere.

So …

Grab a book and grab a friend.

Read a book until the end.

 

It’s Read Across America Day!

Do you know what Dr. Seuss would say?

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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See more about Read Across American here.

 

 

 

The Three Bs of Reading According to Two Who Know

May 11, 2017

It’s never too early to introduce children to books. The benefits are abundant. Reading together is a bonding experience and aids in developing language, communication, speech, and logical thinking skills. Putting a book into a child’s hand at an early age helps instill the love of reading.

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So, what are the three Bs of Reading? According to these two cuties, the answer is boxes, baskets, and books, of course.

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With books in hand, the perfect place to relax and read is in a basket or in a box − or anywhere.

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