Book Review: What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child–and All the Best Times to Read Them ~ Pam Allyn
Posted Jun 14 2009 10:10pm
It happens to all of us. We are getting the kids ready for bed, and if you are like me I love to read to the kids, and they love to have me read to them, and also to read out loud, or even to listen to the kids read to me and the other kids. Sometimes I get to the point where, what am I going to read now? This book is so great, it has all the answers to what to read and at what point to read it. Part one covers why we must read to and with our children, the four steps to helping your child become a lifelong reader, supporting your child’s reading life, and Landmark Books. Part two covers How to read aloud, the chronological “When” The Reader’s Ladder (which covers birth to ten years old. And finally part three: How to make the best use of the fifty themes, and it goes on to list the fifty themes and they range from a bad Day, to Courage and Feeling silly to the more involved themes like Divorce and Death. I was pleasantly surprised at the length the author covered it all! She did it so we didn’t have to. I also saw a lot of books I never even heard of but sound like so much fun! Under the theme creativity she suggests these books: “Building an Igloo”, “Emma’s Rug”, “How the Ladies Stopped the Wind”, “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” and many more. So if you have gotten to the point where you just don’t know what to read anymore check out this book. It will surprise you and if you are like me you may find yourself thinking “Why didn’t I think of that”? Great book for gifting to friends or relatives with younger kids!