Sunday, January 22, 2012

Reading Aloud Is a Gift We Give Our Kids

We're all busy, and reading a book to the family is often one of those things that I put off in favor of dishes, prepping for tomorrow or just playing a game of suduko!  But once I get started, I usually have so much fun I wonder why I ever dragged my feet.  The benefits are indisputable.  You have a better chance of raising kids who love to read if they see that it is not only important to your family, but it's a fun, bonding activity as well.

I love it when my kids remind me during the day of something that happened in one of the books we read.  It is a fabulous shared experience that we get by reading together.

So get off the computer and get out there and read aloud to your kids!  Here are some fabulous books to get you started!

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Title:          Zorgamazoo
Author:     Robert Paul Weston
Target:      Grades 2-5
Series:       No
What this book is about:
”I’ll warn you, of course, before we commence, this story is eerie and full of suspense, brimming with danger and narrow escapes, and creatures  of many remarkable shapes.”   Welcome to story of Katrina Katrell, Morty and the lost zorgles of Zorgamazoo!
Why I love this book:
Imagine a whole book written in the most delightful rhyme!  Take it one step further and imagine Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl collaborating on a book, and you would have Zorgamazoo.  This book has won handfuls of awards, but that is no surprise.  It is a fun story, with wonderful villains, heroic deeds and  the most original verse you will ever read!
Who this book is for:
A family that loves to read books aloud!  My daughter looked forward to the next chapter EVERY night (well lets be honest, I did too!)  It is also one of the few read alouds that both younger and older children will enjoy together!
Final thoughts:
This book just begs to be read aloud - so what are you waiting for!

To purchase this book, go to your local bookstore or click here: Zorgamazoo

Title:          Toys Go Out
Author:     Emily Jenkins
Target:      Grades 1-4
Series:       Yes
What this book is about:
This book is about three toys, Sting Ray(a plush sting ray), Lumphy (a buffalo) and Plastic (well you will have to discover that one out for yourself) who are best friends and live with the Girl!  Each chapter is an adventure in their lives.  Some of the chapters are laugh out loud funny, and some are poignant, as these three friends learn their strengths, weaknesses and the importance of friendship.
Why I love this book:
I think this book is written on two levels, with some more obvious humor for younger children and sophisticated humor for older children.  This is what makes it such a fun read aloud for a family.  This book is engaging because the concerns of the toys are representative of all children’s fears and hopes.
Who this book is for:
Families that enjoy a book full of clever humor.
Final thoughts:
A surprisingly sophisticated book that is poignant but never obvious.

To purchase this book, go to your local bookstore or click here: Toys Go OutMrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Title:          Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Author:     Betty MacDonald
Target:      All ages
Series:        Yes
What this book is about:
You can’t find a child in the neighborhood who doesn’t love Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (or a parent for that matter.)  She is the eccentric lady down the street who loves children and has a cure for some of the most common childhood illnesses, “Won’t-Pick-Up-Toys,” “Never-Want-to-Go-to-Bedder,” and “Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker” to name a few.  In each chapter she takes on a different challenge to the delight of the reader!
Why I love it:
My children begged me to read this book to them every night!  Each story is laugh out loud funny, and because they follow a predictable pattern, my kids knew just what fun to expect each night, as they looked forward to the next “cure!”  Even though the book is 50 years old, children’s problems remain the same, as do parent’s challenges!
Who this book is for:
Any family who loves to read aloud
Final thoughts:
This is a timeless classic that every family should read!

To purchase this book, go to your local bookstore or click here: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

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