I am very excited to contribute today. I thought hard about the topic for my contribution. Finally I had to ask myself – what books does my three-year-old daughter really enjoy and keep asking for? And the answer came quickly – she likes “fiction about non-fiction”. In other words, she likes the books about people and relationships between them, but she doesn’t like “fact-based books” with photo pictures. So I decided to write about three authors and their books that we really love in this house:
Anne Rockwell is an author of many “fiction about non-fiction” books. She wrote several beginners’ books for rthe Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series, but Anna loves her books about holidays. They all involve a kindergarten classroom with a very diverse group of kids and their teacher, Mrs Madoff. Interestingly, these books are illustrated by Anne Rockwell’s daughter – the fact that Anna finds very fascinating. The stories are told from kids’ point of view, and each book describes an activity or an art project, so they are perfect for story extension activities.
Another favorite author in our house is Todd Parr. His stories are great for children who are beginning to read and also for “memory reading”. There is usually very little text on each page except the very last page of the book. But what we both love most is his illustrations – they are bright and child-like. He is also very consistent in his message of acceptance and love for people of every race, religion, and sexual orientation, and this is something that I want to teach my child early.
I (Zoe) love the sound of all these books! And I think Natalie has hit on a very interesting issue about how kids respond to non-fiction books. I certainly don’t read many with M and J, and those that I do often disappoint (like the one we read on Monday!), but that’s partly why I try to take part in Nonfiction Monday – to find excellent examples of non-fiction which I think the girls will enjoy. My favourite non-fiction book that I’ve reviewed here on Playing by the book is this one. I’d love to hear about your experiences of reading non-fiction with your kids, and what you think makes for a good non-fiction book.
Today’s musical suggestions are:
And here are some play ideas which might work well alongside Natalie’s books:
So a big Thank you to Natalie for her selection of books today. Please do drop by her blog and say hi! Two of her recent posts which I particuarly enjoyed include this one about ( not) turning the TV off, and this one where Natalie’s daughter, Anna, made some great Egyptian statues! Natalie also hosts What My Child is Reading – Every Saturday sees this round up of what kids have been reading and is a great way to discover new books and new blogs.