Friday, June 14, 2013

10 Minutes till Bedtime for Picture Book Friday

It's Friday ... which means I get to share a great picture book with you.  The book I am profiling this week is a classic from when my kids were young.  They still talk about loving this book, which is a testament to how many times I read it over the years!

Remember, children who are read to at least three times a week are almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading.  Reading to kids also builds their language development, and helps them become better students, not to mention how lovely it is to bond with your child over a great story!

I hope you enjoy this one and keep reading those picture books to your children.

Title:       10 Minutes till Bedtime

Author:   Peggy Rathmann

Target:  Preschool - 1st grade

What this book is about:
This is a picture book in the truest sense.  The words are simply the 10 minute countdown to bedtime but the magic is in the pictures!  A young boy is given ten minutes to get ready for bed, and a tourist caravan of hamsters, including a family with children numbered 1-10, go through the process with him. 

Why I love this book:
My children loved picking a hamster number every night and following “their” hamster through the story.  You get caught up with your children, talking about the vivid details on each page, and what those crazy hamsters are up to!  It is not really a read aloud book, but more of an interactive discussion about the illustrations.  

Who this book is for:
This is a wonderful book for kids who like to “find things” on every page.  Parents need to feel comfortable doing more of the narrating in this book, but it rarely gets boring, even after multiple readings.

Final thoughts:
Allow more than ten minutes at bedtime to go through this story.

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