Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Inspiring children to pick up a book and get reading!

By Terry Orr

As a grandparent, there are few things that warm my heart like watching kids playing outdoors or reading books.  That is why today special – International Children’s Book Day and Hans Christian Andersen birthday!

Mothers and others who read aloud while the baby is still in the womb and daily there after are providing a good foundation habit for the child.  Reading with your child helps establish quality and bonding time that will positively impact them throughout their lives.  When the child sees the parent, relative or others who are reading frequently – setting good examples.

Bookjoy! Around the World

We can read, you and I.
See letters become words,
and words become books
we hold in our hands.

We hear whispers
and roaring rivers in the pages,
bears singing
funny tunes to the moon.

We enter spooky gray castles,
And in our hands flowering trees climb
to the clouds. Bold girls fly;
boys fish for sparkling stars.

You and I read, round and round,
Bookjoy around the world.

By Pat Mora

I recommend reading these three web sites providing their Top 100 Children Books:
  1. http://www.teachersfirst.com/100books.cfm
  2. http://childrensbooksguide.com/top-100
  3. http://www.nea.org/grants/13154.htm

The first two provide a brief overview of each book.

In addition to public libraries, there are hundreds of thousand websites that provide free children’s book to read on your computer, table, phone, etc. Here are five links for free online books for children:
  1. http://freekidsbooks.org
  2. http://www.wegivebooks.org
  3. http://en.childrenslibrary.org
  4. http://www.readingrockets.org/blog/42561/
  5. http://literacylaunchpad.blogspot.com/2009/08/20-places-to-find-free-childrens-books.html

Lets all find a good book and share it with our young people and celebrate today.

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