November 12 – National Young Readers' Week

Posted November 12, 2013
Read your heart out!”

That's the motto of this Book-It program, which offers an online story every day this week! Today it's The House in the Night, and the rest of the week includes The Emperor's Egg, The Little Red Hen and the Ear of Wheat, and Epossumondas. Each story is read aloud with music and sound effects, and the words light up as they are read. The website also offers a “printable pack” and “read and do activity” for each of these books.

Just as there is a lot of variation about when kids learn to walk and talk, kids learn to read at different ages. But even really little kids can enjoy books. There are wordless books, and there books on tape (and CD and computers and so on and so forth). Best of all in my mind is read-aloud opportunities. Whether it's a little kid sitting on his mommy's lap while listening to Are You My Mother? for the four-hundredth time, or several kids in bed listening to their daddy read The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses for the first time—whether it's a librarian reading aloud Make Way for Ducklings or an older child reading aloud The Monster at the End of This Book—read-aloud sessions can be great fun for everybody!

Here are just a very, very few of my favorite picture book illustrator/authors:

  • Patricia Polacco – try Tikvah Means Hope or Rechenka's Eggs

  • Tomie dePaolo – try The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush or Marianna May and Nursey

  • Peter Parnall – I love Everybody Needs a Rock!

  • Jan Brett – try Fritz and the Beautiful Horses or Christmas Trolls

  • Steven Kellogg – try How Much Is a Million? or Is Your Mama a Lllama?

  • Maurice Sendaktry A Hole Is to Dig or The Sign on Rosie's Door

  • Holling C. Holling – I love Paddle to the Sea!!!

  • Mitsumasa Anno – try Topsy Turvies and Upside-Downers

  • George MacDonald – Little Daylight
  • Hilary Knight – The Circus Is Coming

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