PLUS, help me compile a list of your favorite children's books!
Last Friday, I attended a meeting with my mom's group based on how to ensure a love of reading in your children. Our speaker, a former teacher, shared the following tips:
1. Set a good example. Let your children see you read, and make it a point to read to/with them every day.
2. Don't be afraid to have fun with the stories. Change up your voice for different characters!
3. For babies, don't worry as much with the words, but focus on photographs and talk about what you see.
4. Kids can comprehend stories two years ahead of where they are in age, so challenge them with books considered for older children. This is great when you have children a few (or more) years apart!
5. Make sure you have some non-fiction books in your collection as children love to learn about the world around them.
6. Switch out your books from season to season. You don't have to have out your whole inventory all the time.
And now for some fun! Let's compile of list of your favorite children's books by age group. Who knows, you may discover a new author or get some great gift ideas for the holidays. To start us off, here are our household favorites.
Ages 0-2 - Anything from Sandra Boynton, but my favorite is "But Not the Hippopotamus"
Ages 3-5 - We love the author Virginia Lee Burton and her books "The Little House," "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel," and "Katy and the Big Snow."
Ages 6-10 - We're not quite here yet, but the "Little House on the Prairie" series were our favorites as kids.
Ages 11 and up - Be sure to read some James Herriott who writes non-fiction accounts of his days as a veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales.
Leave a comment below with your favorites and I'll put together a running list for the next few newsletters!