I’ve mentioned this before, but besides the idea of going on adventures to far off worlds, fostering their imagination, and a number of other reasons, this is why I feel strongly about #RaisingReaders.
Want a book that will invite great conversation with your kiddos? I have got the book for you!
The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park is a short 62 page book that is based around a class’s responses to one scenario–“Imagine that your home is on fire. You’re allowed to save one thing.” Good question, right?
Although this illustrated book looks like a chapter book, it is short enough that you could finish it in one sitting with your readers. I had my kids come up with their answers after I read the beginning to them, and then proceeded to finish reading the book to them.
Part of the beauty of this book is you can hear the distinctive voices of the classmates throughout the pages and we even get to learn what the teacher would take from her home.
It is intriguing to hear the thought processes of the students’ decision making, and it may even cause you and/or your readers to change their minds throughout the book. So if its been a long day, this may not be the bedtime book to go with, because it might spark lots of conversations. However, if you’re ready to chat–this is the one to go with.
I found my copy of The One Thing You’d Save at my local library, so you can find it there or anywhere books are sold.
In addition to this blog, I also write for the Parent issue of one of our local publications. Most recently, I wrote a book review for a local author, Dr. Eli Goodman, who wrote The Adventures of Abe the $5 Bill. Below is a link to that review:
Read Aloud is a great organization dedicated to promoting caregivers reading to children, especially ages 0-5. Over the last decade, I’ve done each of these things in Read Aloud’s post with my young readers. In fact, just tonight we read a wordless picture book.
And especially when they were much younger, I can’t even tell you how many times I didn’t read all the words. (Mostly to speed up to bedtime. 😆)
There have been times, for a variety of reasons that we haven’t finished our #bedtimeread in one sitting. Most times its a chapter book, but there have also been picture books that have taken more than one night as well (though usually not more than 2).
And yes, especially with those funny books, I have done my own share of exclaiming when we were getting to the climax of a book. The Monster at the End of This Book is a great example of that.
No matter how you do it, I agree with Read Aloud. Just 15 minutes a day is a great way to start #RaisingReaders.
Do you have a reader who struggles to keep going once they encounter a problem? Not while reading in particular, but in life tasks in general? One who gives up the first time they fail? If so, sharing this book with them is a perfect, real-life way to help them see problem-solving differently.
How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion is written by Ashima Shiraishi and illustrated by Yao Xiao. Ashima is a 20 year old professional rock climbing champion, who started climbing at the age of 6. In this book, Ashima takes us through her process of how she attacks the problem of climbing complicated rock structures. The language she uses is much like the process many people use to solve problems outside of the rock climbing world, including dealing with failure. She talks about falling multiple times, trying again after falling, and taking the time to reassess after falling. I really enjoyed the visuals by Xiao of the author attacking the rock combined with the poetic language Shiraishi used to inspire the reader.
We enjoyed reading this book at bedtime, and it is definitely one I would bring out again when the situation called for its inspiration.