How many times have you read your child’s favorite book, over and over again? When I get tired of our same ol’ stack of books, it means a trip to the library is in order. As a speech-language pathologist, I am constantly after high-quality literature for both my boys. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of reading to your kids.
Here’s what the Miller family deems as requirements for a good story:
- clever rhyming scheme with a nice rhythm
- eye-catching artwork
- clear pictures for a child to “read” a story on own
- books about a wide variety of subjects
- books without words
- books that speak directly toward their current interests
- strong moral compass or a purpose in the story
- vocabulary building
What’s in our library bag? We frequent the Richardson location often. The classics still abound: Corduroy, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Richard Scarry, Harold and the Purple Crayon….
We really like to peruse the new books: “Stuck,” “Dragons Love Tacos,” “I Want My Hat Back.” HUGE hits. These are plain funny to read and just cute stories. Jack is really into funny books right now.
Books that teach concepts: “Bear Snores On” or any of the bear books teach sweet friendship lessons. “The Berenstein Bear’s Moving Day” has been great for introducing an upcoming change. I also like to ask the librarian for recommendations if we need help with something. “Llama Llama Misses Mama” was great for introducing preschool. I have been consistently surprised by how much a good book can positively influence a new situation.
Seasonal books: “Mouse’s First Fall” and “From Seed to Pumpkin.” My three year old loves nonfiction books on whatever subject fascinates him at the moment. Currently he’s in an airplane phase so “Amazing Flying Machines” and “Helicopters” are both frequently shoved in our faces at bedtime.
My littlest one loves “Peeka Who?” and “Chugga Chugga Choo Choo.” We speechies also loooove Dr. Seuss, the small, abridged board books are great places to start.
Books about books are also some of my favorite reads.