Reading Tip #36: Integrate WORDLESS picture books into your home library collection. I promise you won't be sorry! There are several literary skills that wordless picture books encourage (although they may be more frustrating for an adult to read.) Tune into my podcast next week for more explanation & a list of some of our favorite ones!
Reading Tip #35: Make read-aloud time *sacred* in your home. Put away electronic devices (including your phone) so there are no distractions while you escape to another world by turning the pages of a book together.
Teach love, kindness, & tolerance for all people by integrating books from diverse backgrounds, handicaps and disabilities into your read-aloud time with your children. Here are some examples to get you started:
I Am Enough
by: Grace Byers
(A lyrical ode to being who you are & respecting others along the way.)
I Am Perfectly Designed
by: Karaomo Brown
(A boy and his dad go on a walk downtown and learn about all of the ways they were created to belong together, in a family.)
The Butterfly's Journey
by: Heather Porazzo
(A sweet book depicting a butterly's late emergence and autism awareness.)
Don't Call Me Special
by: Pat Thomas
(A children's book that explores questions about physical disabilities, including special equipment used to help those who are disabled.)
One Big Heart
by: Linsey Davis
(God gave us all special traits & characteristics that make us uniquely who we are. From our skin, to our hair & eyes, we can look different, but there are many things which we have in common with others too.)
Tip 33: Find engaging, interactive texts to read with your toddler.
Examples of these books are:
-pop-ups (with adult supervision)
-mini "I Spy's" also called "Look & Finds"
*Flaps books; example- What Makes it Rain?
*Pop-up books; example- Fun on the Farm
*Push-pull-slide; example - First Explorers Sea Creatures
*Sound button books; example- Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by: Sherry Duskey Rinkey
*Textures; example- That's Not my Lamb & That's Not My Truck (Usborne touchy-feely books)
Reading tip 32:
Find online reading challenges or activities to become involved in. Janssen @everydayreading (on Instagram) has a 5x5 picture book challenge a couple times a year & Sarah @readaloudrevival has several different activities & camps going on throughout the year.
Reading Tip 31:
This may seem unrelated to reading with KIDS today, but as an adult, YOU should be reading every day. And you should take care to read in front of your kids (which normally invites them to bring books to you to be read, in turn.)
Reading tip #30: Incorporate audiobooks & podcasts (like Circle Round) into your family reading routine. I like to have my son listen to audiobooks at "quiet time" (either in the afternoon or at bedtime.)
**AND Audible has uploaded tons of free audiobooks for kids to listen to during the coronavirus quarantine period-- go check it out! It's really easy to set up an Audible account (adult) if you haven't done so already!
Reading Tip # 29 :
Incorporate reading books together and looking at books independently during "quiet time" (usually in the afternoon during sister's nap time at our house.) Arrange books in an easy-to-reach location for your little reader; front-facing shelves & book baskets are awesome!
Find fun crafts & extension activities that will enhance reading. (i.e. When we read Ten Apples Up on Top my son put 10 stickers on top of his head in a picture & then we numbered them.)
Conduct read-alouds with your kids at mealtimes, when they are already seated & distracted by food to eat. :) Or pack up a little picnic (indoors or outdoors) & have the kids eat lunch on a blanket while you read to them.
I'm Katie Storey. I'm a former elementary school teacher (4th grade was the grade I primarily taught) & I love reading!