January 10th, 2013 at 5:00 am
Winter is a great time to start a daily reading hour with your kids. Someone once told me the single most important activity you can do with your child is to read. Reading to kids regularly makes the transition to reading independently an easy one.
If by some miracle the kids are getting sick of building snowmen and coming in with wet coats and mittens, have them join you for some quiet reading time. Make some hot chocolate, snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and dive into some books.
Here are some suggestions:
Ages 0-3: Spot’s Snowy Day, Eric Hill
Young kids adore Spot and the story of a puppy playing in the snow is a sure winner!
Ages 3-6: Mama, Will It Snow Tonight?, Nancy Carlstrom
Your beginner readers will enjoy the rhythmic language of this book as each young of a species asks its mother if it will snow tonight.
Ages 6-9: Snow Day!, Lester Laminack
What happens when an entire family wakes up to no snow after a huge storm was predicted? After your child finishes it, ask him or her what they would do in that situation!
If by some miracle you find yourself with some alone time, this is a grown up book I highly recommend::
The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
A must-read for dog-lovers, especially those who believe that their pups think like people! This funny and uplifting novel tells the story of a race car driver, Denny, from the perspective of his lab-terrier mix, Enzo. Enzo relates everything he has ever learned about race car driving to life, teaching us along the way about family, love and life’s absurdities.
Warning: You may need tissues at times for this one!
Bonus: This story was adapted into a version for the kids and is titled Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog.
What are your favorite books?