As many who read my blog know, I am a HUGE fan of the picture book.
I don't believe that you should push children out of picture books in favor of chapter books. Kids will gravitate to chapter books when they are ready.
There is no correlation between kids who love to read and how soon they move from one genre to the other. In fact, I worry that kids who are moved ahead too fast could start to dislike reading.
Getting your kids into Harvard will not be dictated by whether they are reading chapter books by the age of four. If they are reading them by age one or two, well that's a different story, Harvard here they come ... but otherwise, just let them enjoy a great picture book!
There is a comfort in picture books as readers and listeners linger over the illustrations, and find the subtleties and humor in the best books. They engage readers and they teach kids to love reading. So don't be in a hurry to give up this classic genre.
This week I have found some fabulous picture books that will tickle both their creative and funny bones!
To see my full selection, please visit my blog at www.onegreatbook.com
Title: Crafty Choe
Author: Kelly DiPucchio
Target: Preschool - Grade 2
What this book is about:
Chloe may not be good at sports, or video games, or dance, but she is good at making things. When a girl in her class buys the gift Chloe intended to give her best friend, she decides to make her best friend a present instead. But can a handmade gift ever measure up to a store-bought one? Well, it turns out Chloe’s resourcefulness saves the day!
Why I love this book:
First of all, the illustrations by Heather Ross are inspired! She absolutely catches every nuance of her characters from inspiration to indignation! The story is just charming and readers will be inspired to get our their scissors and sewing kit. There is even a website link were kids can learn how to make the items featured in the book! Love it! Wrap it up with great messages on friendship and a sense of humor and this book is a winner.
Who this book is for:
Kids who like to create.
Chloe says it best, “anything becomes less boring with goggly eyes on it.”
To see my full selection of picture books, please visit my website at www.onegreatbook.com