TIME TO READ
We know that people who read regularly
have a broader knowledge of the world, and have better language
skills than those that do not read. Raising a child to be a reader
begins with a loving adult reading aloud to a baby. That aids in
the process of learning the sounds, grammar, and structure of language.
If you can, you should establish a daily ritual of reading aloud
to your child. The ideal would be to read three books: one favorite,
one familiar, and one new book. Vary your facial expressions and
your voice and try to convey the excitement of the story. The fire
of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child,
a book, and the person reading. Reading aloud and talking about
what we're reading sharpens children's brains. It helps develop
their ability to concentrate to solve problems logically, and to
express themselves more easily and clearly. Reading to children
increases their knowledge of the world, their vocabulary, their
familiarity with language and their interest in reading. For young
children, books with rhyme, rhythm and repetition are excellent.
Try to choose children's books that are above your child's reading
level but at the child's interest level.
When you begin reading aloud to a baby, you will only be able to
keep your baby's attention for a few minutes, so short action filled
picture books are in order. As children mature, so do their attention
spans and you can graduate to longer, more complex stories, and
then to chapter books....but do keep reading to them. As they get
older, let them read their favorites to you too.
Here are some reading recommendations:
Button Is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola - Ages 4-8
There is a lot of information out there about how to handle bullies
in the schools. We have all experienced dealing with a
bully at sometime in our lives. The picture book Oliver Button Is
a Sissy is the story of a boy who stands up to bullies, not by fighting,
but by staying true to himself by continuing to do what he loves
best, tap dancing, despite being teased about it. Tomie dePaola,
the author and illustrator of Oliver Button Is a Sissy, based the
story on his own childhood experiences.
Girl Who Hated Books by Manjusha Pawagi - Ages 4-8
Meena is more than a reluctant reader. She really hates books.
Even though her parents are avid readers and her house is filled
with books, the girl refuses to open one. Her only ally is Max,
the family cat, who has been book phobic ever since an atlas fell
on his tail. Only a household accident that sends volumes flying
and characters cascading out of books can change Meena's mind. This
fast paced, funny story introduces children to the adventures found
Pink around the Rink (I Can Read Book 1) by
Victoria Kann - ages 4-8
After Pinkalicious colors her white ice skates with a cotton candy
pink marker, she feels ready to spin, glide, and soar with the best
of them. But as the color starts to run off of her skates, she is
embarrassed. When Pinkalicious thought she was going to leave her
mark on the skating rink, she didn't mean it so literally. . . .This
I Can Read story will have young readers laughing out loud.
For older kids:
by Sharon Dogar
Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret
annex. But do you know about the boy who was also trapped there
In this powerful and gripping novel, Sharon Dogar explores Peter's
point of view. Forced into hiding with Anne Frank, first Peter hates
her and then he finds himself falling in love with her. What s it
like to start questioning your religion, wondering why simply being
Jewish inspires such hatred and persecution? What's it like to sit
and wait and watch while others die, and wish you were fighting.
As Peter and Anne become closer and closer in their confined quarters,
how can they make sense of what they see happening around them?
SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL by Risa Green.
When Erin inherits a plastic crystal ball and a set of cryptic
instructions, she and her two best friends discover that this particular
ball has a knack for being accurate. But as with all magic, nothing
is as simple as it seems. Unless Erin and her friends can fix the
damage, the magic will turn on them. The crystal ball gave them
answers about love and life but at what price? Exciting reading
for the young adults.
GOOD HORSE by Jane Smiley - Ages 11-up
Eighth grader Abby Lovitt knows there's no place she'd rather be
than her family s ranch --- even with all the hard work of tending
to nine horses.
But some chores are no work at all, like grooming young Jack. As
for Black George, who is such a good horse, it turns out he s a
natural jumper. When he and Abby clear four feet without any problems,
heads start turning to the ring. Then a letter arrives from a private
investigator, and suddenly Abby stands to lose not one horse but
two. The letter states that Jack s mother may have been stolen and
then sold to the Lovitts. A mystery unfolds, more surprising than
Abby could ever expect. Will she lose her beloved Jack?
Young Things by Anna Godbersen - Ages 14-up
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS is the first in an epic four-book series about
three teenage girls finding their way in the glittering metropolis
of New York City and the glamorous mansions of Long Island. It's
1929. Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey have escaped their small
Midwestern town to chase big dreams and they share even bigger secrets.
In New York, they meet Astrid Donal, a flapper who has everything
she could ever want, except for the one thing Letty and Cordelia
have to offer --- true friendship. Set in the dizzying summer before
the market crash, against the vast lawns of the East End and on
the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls search for
romance, intrigue and adventure.
THIEVES by Jordan Mechner, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
and Alex Puvilland - Grades 6-10
Martin is a young member of the Knights Templar who seeks to regain
his one true love. But his actions will kick off a series of events
that will pit the knights against the church and the king, leading
to death, mayhem and fast-paced adventure. Historical adventure
at it's best.
HORRORLAND #17: THE WIZARD OF OOZE by R.L. Stine -
If you love the creepy fun of a good horror story, R. L. Stine
has done it again.
While visiting HorrorLand, Marco Gonzales and Gabriella Smith discover
a rare edition of The Wizard of Ooze, a popular graphic
novel series, inside Jonathan Chiller s creepy store. But when Marco
finds instructions on how to gain super powers on the back of the
comic, things go horribly wrong. Some unsavory characters want the
book for themselves, making Marco wish he really had those powers.
AMERICA: THE FENCES BETWEEN US: The Diary of Piper
Davis - Seattle, Washington, 1941 by Kirby Larson - Grades
Before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Piper Davis was a normal
girl. But now her brother is stationed in the Pacific, and her brother-in-law
is fighting in Europe. To make matters worse, her father s congregation
gets interned, and she has to move to Idaho. But with the help of
a new friend named Betty, Piper realizes the importance of these
events --- and that she has to write them down. History that the
history books don't tell us about.