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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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Celebration of Children’s Book Week

May 2, 2019

This week is the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week.

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Take to heart what these famous people had to say. Then open a book and read to a child!

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” — Frederick Douglass

“There are many little ways to enlarge your world.  Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

“To learn to read is to light a fire” — Victor Hugo

 

Check out this article from The New York Times:  In Classic Children’s Books, a Window to Childhood in Past Centuries.

The Rocket Book by Peter Newell is mentioned in the article. This delightful 1912 edition is part of my book collection.

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Remember:

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” –  Garrison Keillor

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Read Books! Read Books!

Put Some Backbone into Your Poetry

April 12, 2018

If you’re a reader like me, you have books everywhere.

It’s National Poetry Month. Try creating a spine poem. It’s a great activity to do with kids.

Pick out some books and arrange the titles to create a poem.

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You can see what happens when you find just the right titles to create a poem.

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Put some backbone into your poetry and try creating a spine poem. Have fun!

 

 

 

 

World Read Aloud Day

February 1, 2018

It’s here!

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Check out World Read Aloud Day and find out all the things you can do to be an active participant.

What others have said about books and reading:

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.          ~ Maya Angelou

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. ~ Neil Gaiman

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

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. ~ Marcel Proust

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~ Dr. Seuss

Don’t waste another minute. Grab one of your favorite books and read it aloud to someone special!

 

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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