Thursday, October 28, 2010

Not-So-Scary Monster Books

This is in just in time for Halloween. If you are concerned about Halloween books being too scary for your preschooler, here is a list of picture books that may be just right. The reviewer is a mom. Here is the link:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Get Caught!

I know I have said it before. And I will say it again. Get caught reading! Make sure your young child catches you in the act. That means be seen reading the newspaper, a recipe, an election ballot, a paper or study for work. But it also means to provide evidence of reading for pleasure. Point out the stack of books by your bed. Next time you visit the library, take your child on a detour from the children's corner to see the adult stacks. Talk about the book you are reading for enjoyment or the book group you joined. Your impressions of the book you are reading may not be entirely clear to your young child, but the message is: Reading is a source of pleasure for life.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

More Book Character Costume Ideas

Are you still looking for book character ideas for your preschooler's Halloween costume? Check out one of my favorite new blogs for some inspiration. You will find suggestions, with practical tips for how to whip together the costume with little effort. You'll also find some ideas that can work well for an older sibling. I think you'll enjoy this new blog. The Cath in the Hat makes interesting reading. The blogger, who writes and edits children's books, has unique and thoughtful ideas about books for children. Hop over to this new blog!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Some Halloween Reading

I just wanted to let you know that on one of the blogs I follow there is a list of fun books for Halloween. This blog is written by a former reading teacher and she provides a little synopsis of each book. Take a look! Happy reading!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Storybook Costumes Rock

Is your preschooler still searching for the right idea for a Halloween costume? Visit your book shelf or your public library for inspiration. I am a big fan of making or putting together elements to create a unique costume. And I don't think it needs to take hours of work, which most of us don't have time to put in. Let imagination reign. Who is her favorite book character? For example, if she has a tutu or can borrow one, being Angelina Ballerina is a snap. Let me know what other ideas you come up with and we can share them here.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Digital Library at Your Fingertips

I recently learned about an exciting new site that lets you choose from a wide variety of of books for your child. It is an online digital library. The way it works is you buy a library card. You can buy one for only $1.99 per month if you just want to try it out. (And in fact there is a coupon right now for a free month -long trial.) Then you and your child can enjoy reading from a wide selection of titles or read the same book over and over. Full disclosure: I love books and the feel of them, as well as the experience of turning pages. I believe that there will always be "real" books. However, that being said, there is no reason to miss out on the excitement, advantages, and fun of electronic books. Also your child will, if she has not already, be reading books and having content delivered electronically at school. It looks as if you can choose from lots wonderful books to enjoy with your child. And there are descriptions and previews to help you select appropriate books, as well as reviews. The site is exceptionally parent-friendly.

Check out this new site. I am planning to . . . often!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Be a Guest Reader

If your child's preschool teacher is amenable, and your child gives you the OK, arrange to visit your child's classroom to read a book at story time. Teachers may appreciate letting someone else take a turn. Plus they know it is good for children to experience all different kinds of readers. Consult with your child about book choices. For a shy child, sharing something about himself by having you read one of his favorite books, can be a way to make him feel more comfortable as he makes his adjustments to school. His classmates will get to learn a little bit more about him. Meanwhile you'll have a chance to meet the children and see the environment where your child spends his days.

What I think . . .

There are all kinds of readers. Some—like my daughter and me—are never without a book to read for pleasure. Others—like my son—are careful, analytical, and curious readers who read primarily to seek information from the page.

No matter what kind of reader your child becomes, you can help him or her get started. After all, you are your child’s first teacher. And, best of all, you can have some fun in the process.

Please feel free to share your own ideas. Tell me about ways you've enjoyed reading with your child.

Madeline Boskey, Ph.D.