Reading Tip #36: Integrate WORDLESS picture books into your home library collection. I promise you won't be sorry! There are several literary skills that wordless picture books encourage (although they may be more frustrating for an adult to read.) Tune into my podcast next week for more explanation & a list of some of our favorite ones!
Reading Tip #35: Make read-aloud time *sacred* in your home. Put away electronic devices (including your phone) so there are no distractions while you escape to another world by turning the pages of a book together.
Teach love, kindness, & tolerance for all people by integrating books from diverse backgrounds, handicaps and disabilities into your read-aloud time with your children. Here are some examples to get you started:
I Am Enough
by: Grace Byers
(A lyrical ode to being who you are & respecting others along the way.)
I Am Perfectly Designed
by: Karaomo Brown
(A boy and his dad go on a walk downtown and learn about all of the ways they were created to belong together, in a family.)
The Butterfly's Journey
by: Heather Porazzo
(A sweet book depicting a butterly's late emergence and autism awareness.)
Don't Call Me Special
by: Pat Thomas
(A children's book that explores questions about physical disabilities, including special equipment used to help those who are disabled.)
One Big Heart
by: Linsey Davis
(God gave us all special traits & characteristics that make us uniquely who we are. From our skin, to our hair & eyes, we can look different, but there are many things which we have in common with others too.)
I'm Katie Storey. I'm a former elementary school teacher (4th grade was the grade I primarily taught) & I love reading!