"Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."
- Arnold Lobel


Every Tuesday is Book Review Day, where I review and recommend a children's book.

Every Wednesday is Wise Owl Wednesday, where you can butter up your brain with some children's literature facts - history, milestones, trivia ... stop by here to learn a little something about the amazing world of books for the young!

Every Thursday is Literacy Tip Day, where I offer literacy suggestions for your children based upon my teaching and parenting experience.

Keep cozy this fall with a good book!

13 May 2010

Literacy Tip #4 - Wordless Picture Books Are Wonderful!

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Wordless picture books.  Hmmmm.  Seems counterintuitive, doesn't it, sitting down to read a book with no words?

A wordless picture book is one of the best-kept secrets in the world of developing literacy.

Sharing a wordless picture book with your child can be an amazing experience, filled with lots and lots of creativity, imagination, and vocabulary development.  Why is this? Glad you asked!!
  • Without words, your child is free to talk about and describe the illustrations.  Using verbal communication is an essential component of literacy, and a wordless picture book encourages this experience to the fullest extent.
  • You, the parent, can engage in communication with your child about the book.  Ask lots of questions about each page of the story.  Encourage your child to talk, talk, talk about what he or she is seeing!
  • By studying the illustrations, your child will be able to notice details about the characters and setting he or she might have missed if words were present.
  • Many, many wordless picture books are available for children and are appropriate for a variety of age levels; in fact, reading one with an older child will be just as engaging as reading one with a toddler.

Grab a wordless picture book today from your library and enjoy an incredibly unique bonding experience with your child!

**Have you experienced a wordless picture book with your child? If so, please share in the comments section!! What about literacy experiences in general? Share, share, share, please!!**

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11 May 2010

Children's Book Week & Book Review #5

First of all, hello and welcome to all of my new followers and readers from Sunday's Blog Jog!!!
It was an amazing success for me and my blogs, accomplishing what I was hoping it would...to discover some awesome, new blogs and to gain some more followers!! YEA!!!

Next, Happy Children's Book Week!!! I hope to link you up with some great sites and giveaways...and, of course, some wonderful recommendations of children's books for all age groups.
  • Visit There's A Book for some great giveaways and excellent recommendations in honor of Children's Book Week! It is my favorite site for children's literature!
  • Take a peek at First Book Blog, which provides books to children in need and is simply an excellent resource for anyone interested in children's literature.

Here's this week's book review:

Bear's Picture

Bear's Picture by Daniel Pinkwater
Illustrated by D.B. Johnson

I found this gem of a book last week at the library with my kiddos! The illustrations are so novel and eclectic - a mixture of cut-out, watercolor, black-and-white, and some abstract elements.  Pinkwater's story about Bear's very own, individual creation that is questioned by two "proper" gentlemen conveys a beautiful, heartwarming message of the individuality of one's very own work.  The ending is a sweet surprise for you and your little child.  I recommend this book for ages 2 - 4 years.

"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?"
- Henry Ward Beecher

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09 May 2010

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