Reading teaches children about the world. Reading encourages children to use their imaginations. Reading leads to meaningful conversations with children.
Reading is awesome.
November is Picture Book Month so I’ve been reading a ton of picture books with my children. November is also Picture Book Idea Month so I’ve been working hard to come up with some spectacular picture book ideas. I also discovered the We Need Diverse Books campaign, which I feel is extremely important.
Our family always reads a lot of books, but this month I have made an extra effort to discuss the books with my children. I have also tried to include a nice mix of fiction and nonfiction books because we definitely read more fiction than nonfiction. We have had some pretty inspiring and fascinating conversations after story time.
These are some of the children’s books my family has read this month:
A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead by Nancy Luenn * illustrated by Robert Chapman
Big Jabe by Jerdine Nolen * illustrated by
Bridget’s Beret by Tom Lichtenheld
Busing Brewster by Richard Michelson * illustrated by R.G. Roth
Courage by Bernard Waber
Dinosaur Farm by Frann Preston-Gannon
Food Trucks! by Mark Todd
Frederick by Leo Lionni
Frida by Jonah Winter * illustrated by Ana Juan
Goyangi Means Cat by Christine McDonnell * illustrated by Steve Johnson
Hugs from Pearl by Paul Schmid
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont * illustrated by David Catrow
Just the Two of Us by Will Smith * illustrated by Kadir Nelson
King & King by Linda De Haan * illustrated by Stern Nijland
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits * illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The Boy Without a Name by Idries Shah * illustrated by Mona Caron
The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
The Hula Hoopin’ Queen by Thelma Lynne Godin * illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
The Lion and the Mouse by Jenny Broom * illustrated by Nahta Noj
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson * illustrated by E. B. Lewis
The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy * illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
The Recess Queen by Alexis O’neill * illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith
Thomas and the Shooting Star by W. Awdry * illustrated by Tommy Stubbs
Thumb Love by Elise Primavera
Yoko Finds Her Way by Rosemary Wells
Use your mighty imagination!
- What children’s books have you read this month?
- Do you read fiction and nonfiction children’s books?
- Which diverse titles do you recommend?
- What techniques do you use to encourage children to discuss books?