Okay, all, it’s almost June, which means it’s time to gather up (if you can… because your libraries are likely still closed…) books to inspire creativity! When my husband and I sat down to talk about traits we wanted to foster in our children in 2020, creativity was high on our list, and we knew a summer month would be a perfect month for creativity! So, up today, I’ve got a huge list of picture books to inspire creativity… Books that will inspire imagining, writing, crafting, creating, building, music, dancing, daydreaming, and more. Check out the list below, gather what you can from your bookshelves, hit up your library when it reopens, and get excited about a summer of creativity!Continue reading “Picture Books to Inspire Wild Creativity”
Two of the most frequent questions that I get are “How do I make sure that my child is ready for kindergarten?” and “What should I do at home to teach my child to read?” The first part of my answer always relates to the fact that most preschool children are typically not ready to read, and the best things to do with them at home to prepare them for school are to make sure they have plenty of free time to play and learn about the world, and to make sure you’re reading a LOT to them. From there, I often talk to parents about easy, play-based ways to build alphabet knowledge with preschool-aged children, so that when their brains are ready for reading, they’ve got the background knowledge they need to jump right in. So, what are some really easy ways to build letter recognition and alphabet knowledge?
Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner, written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland, was released just last month (May 21, 2019, to be exact). I had read advance reviews of it throughout the spring and requested it from the library months ago, so that I could be first in line to read it when our library got it… Unfortunately, it didn’t make it to my hands before I published my 4th of July booklist, but I have it now, and it’s wonderful! Continue reading “Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner by Jessie Hartland”
Do you have any airport travel coming up this summer? I’ve got the perfect airplane book for you all… So perfect that we first read it about 3 years ago, before an airplane trip to get our girls ready and excited, and we continue to read it today, loving it and noticing still new details every time (and yes, this is another book that long ago lost its dust jacket…). For your children’s summer travel reading pleasure, I bring you The Airport Book by Lisa Brown.
All of the research on reading engagement AND performance points to the fact that one of the most important factors in raising readers is that they have parents who model loving to read.
Yet… I’m not sure I could call myself a reading role model. Continue reading “Am I a Visible or Invisible Role Model?”