Children’s Books

Reading Books Halloween Treat for Kids – Quite A Trick

Treats, Tricks and Magic with Halloween Books for Kids

Treats are for eating but this reading books Halloween treat is wonderful for sharing, snuggling, listening, singing, and enjoying, even the scary parts. There are so many wonderful Halloween books for kids it’s hard to decide. We mix some new ones with some old favorites.

Halloween books treat for kidsIt’s okay if a book is a little bit scary when snuggled on a lap. What sound do chickens make when they are afraid? Sandra Boynton’s Eek! Halloween tells the story of a flock of nervous chickens. The chickens see some typical Halloween sights just like we do and they feel what we do. But, we don’t usually see animals dressed up do we?

Halloween books treat for kidAnother book a teeny tiny bit scary is A Teeny Tiny Halloween by Lauren L. Wohl and Henry Cole. The text almost has its own voice. The words teeny tiny are written in very small type. When reading, we can show kids how those words are so little and whisper them. The words fall, fall, fall, are like leaves but falling on the page, not the ground. Voices can fall too.

One of the critical connections that kids need to make for learning to read is that the squiggles and lines are words, like the ones we speak. The printed words hold meaning the same way spoken ones do. This is something the brain figures out from experience, that’s why it’s so important to read lots and lots and lots of books. Reading is a daily vitamin brains need. Making cookies like the teeny tiny woman in the story would be meaningful too, for brains and tummies.

Halloween books treat for kidGet ready to read and sing the next book, The Spooky Wheels On The Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills and Ben Mantle. At Halloween, the things on the bus do not make the usual sounds nor look the same. As for the passengers, who do you think would ride a spooky, Halloween bus?

Before reading, talk about that with your child and then see if you guessed any. This gets kids really involved with the book on a personal level.

Halloween books treat for kidAnother book to sing is The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry and Sanja Rescek. A pumpkin is way too big for a water spout. Also, it has no legs to climb like a spider. How can a pumpkin move? Kids might have an idea. They could try moving like that too.

There’s a part in the book about a goblin with stinky feet. You can check your child’s feet to see if they smell. Maybe give them a tickle too. Take advantage of the opportunity when reading books to kids to play and have fun. This encourages children to develop a positive and eager attitude when it comes to books, so important for learning to read.

Halloween books treat for kidHalloween wouldn’t be the same at our house without this reading books Halloween treat: Halloween With Moris and Boris. Bernard Wiseman’s book is so well loved we’ve had to repair it multiple times. Moris the Moose doesn’t understand Halloween so Boris the Bear tries to explain. Moris still gets quite mixed up and sometimes Boris has to keep his temper. But the two friends enjoy themselves.

Your local library likely has a selection of Halloween books for kids but any titles are a reading books Halloween treat. After all, isn’t reading a sort of magical trick?

Children’s Books for Learning Opposites

babies and booksThe calendar says March, but the weather may have a different idea: is it like a lion or a lamb?  Here are some  children’s books for learning opposites.

There’s a lion in this book and a little lamb reading it. Or could that be a dear?

children's books about oppositesA favorite book that some parents and caregivers might remember is Opposites by Sandra Boynton. This story has wonderful illustrations of animals that show each pair of words. The funniest two are right and wrong. One pig talks on the phone and another wears it on his head. The text rhymes to add to the fun.

children's books about oppositesPaul and Henrietta Strickland’s book, Dinosaur Roar is another great choice. The dinosaur pictures are amazing, with vivid colors and details. Wait until you see the size of the dino teeth. The clean/slimy dinosaurs and the spiky/lumpy ones are very unusual choices for opposites. The end of the story uses some opposites describing different ways for dinosaurs to eat. Careful you’re not lunch.

children's books about oppositesThe book You are (Not) Small, written by Anna Kang shows one of the tricky parts about opposites. Things are not just one thing or the other. Opposites exist in relationship. Sometimes things that are big can seem small if something bigger comes along. Small things can be big if there’s something tiny that appears. This is one aspect about opposites that we forget but can be very confusing for kids. In order to understand how items can be both opposites, children will need lots of experiences with opposites.

children's books about oppositesHave you and your child shared The Very Hungry Caterpillar book? Eric Carle has another book called Opposites. Done in same style of illustrations, this book has an added feature with pages to lift up. Kids can guess what the opposite in a pair might be and lift the page to check. The words in this book are more common pairs.

Besides a book about opposites, you and your child may have an opportunity to explore some others. Are there any opposites that come to play at your house?

Children’s Books about Stars and Star Wars

There are some wonderful children’s books about stars and Star Wars.

children's books about starsOne of the best books for young children is Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and The Mysteries of the Cosmos, by Stephanie Roth Sisson. The book tells the story of a child who is curious about stars and keenly wants to know more. The author draws delightful pictures and talks at an appropriate level for kids. Yes, there are some hard words but easy ones too, story and basic facts. Based on the life of one of the world’s foremost scientists, the entire book captures the wonder and imagination of both the child in the story and children hearing it.

children's books about starsAnother very special book is Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee. This one includes ideas about feelings and how a star in a pocket can help. Appealing illustrations show pictures of stars we can find all around, like the ones in moss, and flowers, and snowflakes. When hearing about stars on the calendar to mark a special day, kids make a connection to something that happens for them. From day to night and maybe in pajamas, this is also a good book for bedtime.

children's books about star warsThere are several Little Golden Books for Star Wars that tell about the characters and condense the movies.

Jeffrey Brown also has a series of Star Wars books. Goodnight Darth Vader is quite unusual for a bedtime story. Told in rhyme, this book has all the characters and monster illustrations. The only nightmare though is trying to get Luke and Leia to go to bed. In other stories, Brown uses a comic format.

Maybe the Star Wars movie and some children’s books about stars will encourage kids to ask questions about real stars, just like Carl Sagan. As if they need to ask any more than they already do—about 300 a day! “What are stars? How did they get in the sky? How do they stay up?” These are a few. Has your child asked any questions about stars? Have you and your child read any books about stars?

Soccer, Soccer: Read All About It and Score!

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Explaining Nov. 11 to Children, Remembrance/Veterans Day

Even though November 11th is Monday, there may be ceremonies in some places this weekend to honor Remembrance Day and Veterans Day. Participating in community events is not just part of kindergarten readiness, it’s part of what joins all of us together. Including children where and when appropriate helps support their social awareness and development. … Continue reading Explaining Nov. 11 to Children, Remembrance/Veterans Day

Christmas Is A Time For Giving

In a way, a preschool or a kindergarten is a child’s first community and sharing and giving are an important part of kindergarten readiness social skills, too. Learning about sharing and giving is an important part of Christmas and practicing now helps children develop a sense of community and connections to others. In her wonderful … Continue reading Christmas Is A Time For Giving

Kindergarten Readiness – Children’s Christmas Books

Reading and sharing Christmas books with young children is lots of fun at this time of year and those stories have a special gift of supporting early learning. For our entire lifetime, much of what we do, what we learn, and how we relate to others will be done using language. No one language in … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Children’s Christmas Books

Kindergarten Readiness – Christmas & Holiday Stories & Books

Just a few minutes in a book store and I saw stockings full of wonderful new kids’ Christmas books. There was an incredible range from ones with a word or two on each page for wee little kidlets to others with several lines per page for older kids. Little children would especially like the books … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Christmas & Holiday Stories & Books