Magic You Can Do Right At Home!
Reading and sharing books and stories to kids is so powerful for brain development it’s almost magic and what could be better than some fall book magic? Here are some wonderful ones to share with your child.
Before reading Anne O’Brien and Susan Gal’s awesome book, see how many magic spells you and your child can think of, like Abracadabra and Hocus Pocus. At our house, even the adults say Open Sesame when opening the garage door. Once you’ve thought of a few, get ready for the spell of Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall and be enchanted.
The pictures and words bring the autumn season right to your laps. The pages spread out, the colors pop off the page, and the words tickle the ear. Afterwards, go for a walk outside, maybe find a stick for a wand, and think of some more magic words. What a delightful book.
Have you heard of the very silly song, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly? It’s been around for a few generations and the old lady swallows one item after another to get rid of the fly. Of course, each item gets bigger and bigger until she swallows a horse. The book, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves, by Lucille Colandro, is like the song.
The leaves are brightly colored but that doesn’t make them taste any better.
Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber and Leslie Evans is exactly what kids like to do in leaves, jump right in. The bigger the pile, the better. The words and pictures are so vivid we can almost smell the smells and touch the lines and bumps of the leaves. The book includes the names of some common leaves and their shapes. Maybe you can find some too?
Applesauce Season by Eden Lipson and Mordicai Gerstein turns making applesauce into an adventure. Information about apples is woven into the story. Have we been taking apples for granted? We won’t after this book. Making applesauce is the perfect activity after reading. It makes the book come to life. Another fall book magic.
These are just four of dozens and dozens of books about fall. But the books you read to your child can be about anything. Reading books and stories downloads language into the brain. It also increases the brain’s processing speed for language. What are some of your seasonal and other favorites to share with kids?