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Reading aloud is a wonderful chance to share adventure, intrigue, and emotion – and that is irreplaceable. Connect with your child through a book and be transported to another time and place — together. March is the perfect time to create a new habit in honor of Read Aloud 15 Minutes Month.
Books are such a wonderful way for kids of all ages to experience imagination, adventure and learning in a bright, colorful and fun way. Family reading, unfortunately, has gone by the wayside these days, but something as simple as 15 minutes of reading aloud time can having lasting effects on young readers.
Another huge benefit for families is that this “quiet time” is nurturing young minds and creating a healthy habit that will follow them into adulthood.
Read Aloud 15 MINUTES
Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is a non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care.
When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and they will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.
A Read Aloud 15 MINUTES Booklist
NO More TANTRUMS by Maria van Lieshout:
The title alone may make many parents sit up and take notice! This hardcover, easy reader picture book gently reinforces that fact babies may have tantrums, but big kids don’t! From the Big Kids Power series from Chronicle Books, this book is simple and funny and will encourage young children proudly proclaim, “I’m a BIG KID!” For ages 0-4.
We all know nothing rhymes with orange, but how does that make Orange feel? Well, left out, obviously!
When a fruit parade gets together to sing a song about how wonderful they are—and the song happens to rhyme—Orange can’t help but feel like it’s impossible to ever fit in. But when one particularly intuitive Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive.
Beloved author-illustrator Adam Rex has created a hilarious yet poignant parable about feeling left out, celebrating difference, and the irrefutable fact that nothing rhymes with orange. Published by Chronicle Books, hardcover, for ages 4-8.
Betty’s Burgergled Bakery (An Alliteration Adventure) by Travis Nichols
When the Gumshoe Zoo’s alarm alerts them, they learn Betty’s Bakery has been burgled! But how? Something isn’t quite right—and it’s up to these determined detectives to figure out what! Alliteration (the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words) abounds in this comic book caper featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, a detective agency facing the craziest crime ever committed: pilfered pastries. Perfect for lovers of wordplay and sweet treats, not to mention educators and librarians looking for an engaging story to teach alliteration, this multi-paneled early graphic novel is a raucous adventure. Detailed back matter discusses uses of alliteration and animal eating habits. For ages 4-8.
Mr. Crocodile loves his job. Every morning he gets up with an alarm. He brushes his teeth. He chooses the right tie to match his outfit, eats a quick slice of toast, and heads off to work on a crowded train. But what exactly is his job? The answer may surprise you! Readers will want to pore over this witty, wordless book, again and again, finding new details and fresh stories with every reading. This book is a 2018 American Library Association Notable Children’s Book. For ages 4-8
How do we love numbers? Let us count the ways: They’re on street signs and bus stops, featured on phones, thermometers, chalkboards, and scales. They show the time and the date, and help us to measure distance, sizing, and so much more. This spirited picture book by beloved author-illustrator Taro Gomi will charm and inform the youngest of readers, offering them a unique—and useful—look at a key concept we count on.
What books will you pick to read aloud this week?
**Chronicle Books provided me with this books free of charge. Opinions expressed are purely my own.
If you are looking for a fun digital and interactive children’s story inspired by a kids’ classic story, you will love The Ultimate Guide to Charlie out into the World.
Enter a world where collaborative play is woven into the fabric of our everyday family life. The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open the door to transforming relationships, encouraging new perspectives, and indulging in the happiness and the joy of innovating with your children.
Who is Charlie? The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an interactive, adventure that leads us through the Chocolate Factory with stops along the way to create, laugh, and learn. It reawakens the passion and idea of “jumping” inside the pages of this book with the knowledge that each chapter is a gateway into a magical world. Now available on iTunes, it’s your opportunity to truly experience where art, literature and technology meet allowing you to feel the story like never before.
Charlie was born of a unique collaboration between co-authors Valarie Budayr and Roscoe Welply, this dynamic duo along with Kite Readers have crafted an enchanting world that leaps from the pages, and coaxes the reader to immerse themselves in the adventures that await them at the Chocolate Factory.
What You Can Expect with Charlie:
- A bridge between the “plugged” and “unplugged” world for families
- A book that brings families together reading and enjoying their imaginations.
- Creation of an atmosphere where reading becomes a family event instead of a solitary act.
- The option to educate, inform, and entice children to want to know more about the world they live in.
- The delight of pulling the story off the pages, and the act of bringing the pages to LIFE.
Gather your family and come along on a magical journey into one of the most beloved children’s books of all time to experience a story like never before. You will have a front row seat to this delightfully illustrated and fabulously written children’s enhanced digital e-book that will come to life with not only a great story, but over 20 activities and crafts that will spark their imagination and awaken their inner child.
Disclaimer: This book is not affiliated or associated with the author, publisher, or distributors of Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.