Even bigger thanks for their free printable activities that tie in to the book. When kids learn early that things relating to books are FUN, it reinforces that reading is a good thing and reading skills are important because reading itself is FUN.
As much fun as this book sounds, it would make a marvelous gift.
From a very young age, our kids are exposed to differences, and need guidance to understand that different isn’t bad, just different. The stories here or in other books like these will serve as points of reference when your children bring home their questions about differences.
If puppets aren’t in your toy bin- they should be. They encourage imaginative play, and can also support your literacy efforts with your kids. See how they can help bring books and stories to life for your child, which of course reinforces the reading.
April is poetry month and a very good reason to switch up your read aloud with some poetry. It’s pleasing to the ear, it takes a different kind of listening and it’s a different literary format for them to learn about. All good.
I grew up on A Child’s Garden of Verses which remains wonderful, but there are so very many other terrific poetry books for kids. My next favorite, with my kids, were the nonsense poems such as ‘Jabberwocky’; they need to be a little older for these.
Explore this marvelous literary medium with your kids during Poetry Month.
And there’s a big bonus here about what you can be listening too and enjoying while interacting with your child that will also enhance their literacy learning at a very young age. Just hearing prose and words is an important learning for their young minds and wont hurt them a bit, all while perhaps helping to keep you sane.
Imagine setting your ‘typical’ princes and princesses smack in middle school with accompanying ‘typical’ personalities, drama, conflicts, etc. So you see why this book will resonate so well with your middle schoolers.
In essence, choose the right book for this activity (see the post as above), read it without sharing the pictures and then have the kids create a cover for the story. Lots of creativity and thinking goes into this, yet it’s fun.
And by the second time you do it, you can bet they’re going to listen extra well so they can create their best cover. Lesson learned!
This is a two-fer, maybe even a three-fer! What sounds like a great book, a great art project, and a great way to reinforce the literacy of the great book through a great art project. What more could you want!