working hard to read the label on a little crate of oranges. I can’t tell you
how much this warms my book-loving heart.
in reading the label on a 12-volt battery. Yes, I will read anything with words
Enter: The Little Engine That Could
Anyway. That smiling orange on the Cuties® box reminded her
of the friendly “good things for boys and girls to eat” in . Of course, she wanted me to help find
it so we could read it together.
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idea whether was on the overflowing shelf in the playroom, the toy-strewn floor in said
playroom, the table next to the crammed bookshelf in the family room, or tucked
away in some invented-by-a-five-year-old hiding spot in the girls’ room.
page with the oranges, and sure enough, I could see why she made the connection
with the Cuties® label.
Finally, we snuggled together on the couch, and I read it aloud
— twice in a row, because I am weak in the face of “read it again, Mommy.” Plus,
I like making different voices for the different trains. Yup, I’m dorky like
Connections – a.k.a. the
Reading Teacher Part
Little kids naturally make connections with picture books
all the time. Sometimes they are complete non-sequiturs (and hilarious – if you
have heard some, please share!), but I think making connections is part of what
makes reading fun.
doing this in school, “connections” is actual teacher jargon for ideas in books that relate to the reader’s
life, other stories he or she has read, or the world at large. Reading
instruction has focused on getting kids to make connections because it aids in
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volunteer at my son’s school as a “reader mom” the kids are always so excited
to share their connections with me. Everybody wants a turn.
Kids who clock more hours reading become better readers, and we all want that,
Friends – a.k.a the Book Lover Part
a favorite book? It’s kind of like making a connection, but in reverse, going
from world to book instead of book to world.
I like to think of my favorite books as friends. When my
kids and I share favorites, it feels like those stories are part of our family.
And all the things out in the world that remind us of our little family of
books reinforces how much fun reading is.
simple as the label on a little crate of oranges.
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