Hello Readers! This week I am adding something new to my blog. I already have a weekly theme on my facebook page that presents a book and activity to participate in. So I thought why not make it into a blog post that would be helpful to you! I’ll feature a book for the week and an activity to go along with it. I’ll also post resources along with a link on where you can purchase the book so you can help build a library at home for your little one.
Johnny is 10 months old and has truly adapted a love for reading. Of course, his attention span is short, but that doesn’t stop us from reading a short book a day. Before becoming a stay at home mom I was a first grade teacher, and you know what my favorite part about teaching was? READ ALOUDS. I absolutely loved reading to my little first graders and the engagement in their eyes was priceless. Books take children to a whole new level of thinking and spark the imagination that little ones display so much of. (sometimes my first graders even taught me a thing or too!) Basically I have a true passion for children’s books. (even ask my husband, I could spend hours in a book store just reading children’s books!)
I had a conversation with Johnny this morning and he babbled back that the chosen book he wanted to read this week was “Do you want to be my friend? By Eric Carle (okay, just kidding I actually picked it out.) 😉
Why I love this book?
- this book has mainly pictures so it helps to develop the start of language for little ones and teaches them basic skills for reading readiness
- it helps to establish the connection between words and pictures (early development for little ones!)
- it helps children to establish an imagination and develop conversations between adults and children (yes, even when they’re 10 months old)
- children love art, and this book display beutiful pictures of animals with unique texture and colors
- it displays a repition of “what animal will come next”, repition is HUGE for little ones
- it asks a retorical question “Do you want to be my friend?” and helps little ones with critical thinking, predicting, and context clues displaying what animal will come next. (yes, even little ones have cricital thinking skills)
- it’s a board book, which is great for little ones! (just remind them it’s not for teething purposes! haha)
- it’s a fiction book, which is great to establish imagaination with little ones
- it’s about animals, and we all know little ones love animals!
- on the back of the book it’s recomended for ages 3-6 BUT I’d it’s recommended for ages 0-6 (younger ages you read to them, older ages they read to you!)
Where can you find the book?
Well to start, you’re local library is a great resourse, but if you would like to purchase this book so you can grow your child’s library than I recomend purchasing through Amazon.
>>>Click here<<< to be directed to the Amazon link where you can purchase "Do you want to be my friend?" By Eric Carle. (this is also an Amazon Prime purchase).
Activities to Participate In
For 0-3 year olds
- because this is a book that displays animals, focus on the lion from the book and make your own lion tail using a pipe cleaner and yarn. (or you can use a straw if you don’t have a pipe cleaner) Super easy! All you have to do it tie a bunch of string at the end of a pipe cleaner. This is a great sensory activity for little ones.
- click lion sounds youtube video that displays a real lion and the sound it makes (talk to them about the lion’s feature)
For 4-6 year olds
- For older children since the theme is “friendship” in this book you can have them create a friendship rainbow to display in the home. You can draw a rainbow and write the names of your child’s friends on each color of the rainbow
- for a more in depth activity, Click here to be directed to a link that displays questions to ask your child and directions on the friendship rainbow acitivity.
I love viewing the author’s website. They always have loads full of resourses and great activities to engage in. (this is another teacher tip of mine, when I taught, I showed my students the author’s website to encourage engagement with the book.)
Click Eric Carle to be directed to his website.
Okay, let’s get started! Spend some time this week with your little one and enjoy this wonderful book! Show your children that READING IS FUN!
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Wishing You Well,
Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life