I stand behind the quote “children are made readers in the laps of their parents,” because that is where I first learned to love reading. One of my fondest memories of childhood is my mom reading to us before bed at night, well into our teen years. I hope to do the same for my children. I want them to know that life is full of learning, and as Dr. Seuss says, "the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
#piggytaletuesday is a series I recently started on my instagram @chico.rose that combines bows with my passion for children’s literature and degree in speech and language development.
When choosing books to read to my children I always look for ones with opportunities to teach literacy skills, beautiful and unique illustrations, and storylines that inspire imagination.
Here are just 5 of our favorites:
I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss
This is one that I vividly remember reading as a child. This book celebrates and encourages kids to use their imagination to be anything they want! it’s easy to get kids involved in this book by asking them to imitate the animal movements just like the little girl in the story does. The rhyming and vibrant illustrations make it a must read!
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
A cute story about two boys who set out for an adventure. Some may find it humorous, and others frustrating. And the ending will leave you wondering what just happened. Seriously. This is the perfect opportunity for your kid to let that imagination run wild.
Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
A book set in New England during Autumn… It has my heart already. In a simple and almost lyrical way, readers are transported to the early 19th century home of the ox-cart man. He and his family work hard all year long, knitting, sheering, whittling, spinning, weaving, carving, and harvesting to load up their wagon and take it to the market to sell. It’s portrayal of self reliance + hard work just resonates with me. And the illustrations do not disappoint! I’m a fan of any work by, Barabara Cooney and this is one of her best.
Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
It’s a simple story with just a few words on each page about a little worm that is able to measure anything and then uses his creativity to outsmart a nightingale. The texture in the illustrations are the perfect touch!
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
It’s a cute little story, with a big life lesson about kindness and friendship. The rhythm and rhyming makes it so fun and captivating to read aloud. And all the sounds! Beep, Honk, Croak, Baa, Moo, Oink, and so many more! It’s not just my toddler that loves making sounds, right?