Monday, March 11, 2013
A reading ladder, maybe a step stool
NONI THE PONY by Alison Lester. Beach Lane, 2012.
LET'S SING A LULLABY WITH THE BRAVE COWBOY by Jan Thomas. Beach Lane, 2012.
NIGHTSONG by Ari Berk with illustrations by Loren Long. Simon & Schuster, 2012.
All three of these picture books have a scene where the main character (horse, cowboy, and bat respectively) has a fear of the dark. All three are different in terms of color palette, design, artistic approach. This makes them ripe for a short reading ladder, a step stool if you will. Read all 3 books and talk with kids about the similarities and differences. This simple exercise with young children is helping them to make connections between and among books, something lifelong readers do subconsciously.