Did you know that 15 of every 100 people in Alabama reach adulthood without ever learning how to read? Illiteracy is widespread, a problem in every community,not limited to race, religion or socioeconomic class. Encouraging our youth to become better Readers and Writers is my passion, and with this blog I hope to give parents and educators ideas on how to help their children become efficient in literacy.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Tomorrow is a day that we celebrate our love for one another, and assorted chocolates. It's Valentine's Day! So in honor of this lovable holiday, here are some books that I ADORE!
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine
By: Barbara Park
Summary: It's a mushy gushy mystery!
Hurray! February 14—Valentime's Day, as June B. calls it—is just around the corner. Junie B. can't wait to see all the "valentimes" she'll get. But she never expected a big, mushy card from a secret admirer! Who is this secret mystery guy, anyway? Junie B. is determined to find out!
I'm obsessed with anything Junie B. even though the writing isn't ideal for teaching proper grammar. Some argue that using the Junie B. series as a tool to encourage literacy can backfire because of the "baby talk" that is within the dialogue, but I think that these books encourage fun reading, and fun reading can lead to learning nonetheless, so read up, Junie fans!
Lilly's Chocolate Heart
by: Kevin Henkes
Summary: Lilly loves her chocolate heart.
Will she save it? Forever and ever? What do you think?
Decked in fuzzy green slippers and pink housecoat, a crown-wearing Lilly has one Valentine's Day chocolate heart and wants to keep it safe. Unfortunately, several locales aren't quite right: under the bed is dusty, inside the dresser is messy, and behind the radiator is warm. Where will she put it? Not to worry, for with a look of satisfied resolution, Lilly decides the best place is right in her tummy. (PreSchool-2nd Grade).