Catching up with Children's Literature from NCTE Inbox
Walking past an airport bookstore the other day, I saw a sign which read, "Summer is the perfect time to catch up on books you missed during the school year." Sara Mushegian's article in Language Arts is a perfect follow-up to this -- she recounts her family's summer reading and how it gave her a chance to talk with her children about books and, ultimately, about life. NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org offer tips for reading to and with children and share children’s literature titles.
"Reading" doesn't always have to mean a book or a story. Children feel pretty proud when they can read their street signs or the name of the store up the block. Children should be encouraged to read print and pictures that are all around them. Invite students to share all of the places they love to read.
Before reading a book, children must first select one that sparks their interest and leaves them feeling accomplished and ready to hunt for their next book! Learn more about how to help a child choose a book. Listen for more book suggestions in the podcast episode, "What Should I Read Aloud?"
One way to make a more personal connection with a book is by acting out the story and exploring different characters' perspectives. See an example in this video as an adult reads "Little Miss Muffet" with a young child and then they act it out.
Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers is a podcast series for Grades K- 5. Host Emily Manning chats with kids, parents, and teachers about the best in children's literature for ages 4 through 11. Discussions include reading tips and fun activities to do with children before, during, and after reading. Watch Emily interview author Jane Yolen in this episode and then read more from Jane Yolen in her Voices from the Middle article, "How Hard Can It Be?" See more authors talking about literature and writing.