I read with my nephew who has aphasia about 4 times a week… he can only really comprehend picture books so I’m always finding gems for him… This makes me think about the books I want to share with my child (when I have one)… hopefully he or she will feel the power in these stories like I did!
What books do I want my child to read?
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and Bookish asks us to share our top ten books I want my future children to read (or nieces and nephews, godchildren, etc.)
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The Pigeon Book Series
by Mo Willems
Why? My nephew and I have only read 3 of the 8 books but I HIGHLY suggest them for young readers. The words are the right balance to the simple illustrations… which are exaggerated in such a funny way they set you both to giggling! This series is etiquette for the modern day and teaching the computer generation how to interact with others. Pigeon is contrasted to duck in the most ingenious ways… It’s never too early to teach socialization skills!
Why? These are all BIG IDEA books… they teach through art and in simple creative ways thought processes that EVERY child needs to develop early. In Her Idea, it teaches children to pursue completing what they start. In The Most Magnificent Thing, it shows how anger is not the answer and to look at your efforts with a forgiving eye and see what does work. I’d start with these idea development books. Then when those are grasped I’d move on to other big ideas… In Tokyo Digs a Garden, the importance of the environment is illustrated in a way that will open a dialogue between you and your child! And In Take Away the A, the wordplay teaches that language can be fun and also manipulated… it starts building those neural pathways a child needs!
Why? This is a pivotal age so I’d gently suggest books that are adventures which fit the interests of my child but which illustrate good examples of what it means to be a person. Integral to these books would be the idea of choice and that we are beings to ACT and NOT be acted upon.
Age 11 and Up
Why? I’d want to expose my child to different interests… Theodosia is about Ancient Egypt, while Dragon and Thief is totally in outer space. Really I could have picked ANY Diana Wynne Jones book but she is certainly fantasy all the way. At this point I have done all I can to lay the right foundation… This is a time for a child to start choosing! These three are just a few of the books that I thought others may NOT think about for this age group… There are MANY more for a child to choose from!
What books do you remember reading as a child? Was there a pivotal age or experience?
Why do you love to read? Did your parents foster the love?
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Thanks for reading! XOXO,