I truly believe that every child's collection should include at least one Dick and Jane book. They are a true classic (...) I honestly don't think they're the best for teaching to read. For an early reader? Yes. For a child who is just starting out I much prefer a book built on phonics rather than sight words and repetition. However, once your child learns to read phonetically they will feel so accomplished when they read each of the short Dick and Jane stories.
This story is just endearing all around. I marvel at the illustrations each time I read it - McCloskey made so many small and careful strokes with his pen to achieve such detail and form in simple black and white. My kids are captivated by this classic every time - no splashy colors or paint strokes required.
I'm not certain why my kids prefer this extremely simple book over other farm stories, but I think they must love the big colorful illustrations by famous illustrator Richard Scarry.
I think it's difficult to find a text and illustration so well-paired as in Owl Moon. The text is extremely poetic and descriptive and when you add the illustrations you truly feel like you're also along on the late-night owling walk with the girl and her father.
My eldest, who is an emergent reader, feels very accomplished after reading one of these entirely by herself.
The text is almost poetic and the theme highlights the cautious relationship between man and nature, each watching the other from a safe distance.
Wee little lamb is a simple storyline with beautiful, soft pastel illustrations that my kids love to look at. And the moral of the story is that it’s ok sometimes if you just feel like sticking next to mom.
This is a perfect bedtime story, given the theme and length, and for as many times as I’ve read it I still linger on each page to study the intricacy, texture, color, and pattern of each illustration.
We're mothers, and sisters, and we love reading to our kids. We know that helping our kids create a great relationship with books and reading is an important foundation to life-long learning. Sometimes we've had to search for just the right book to help our kids with a specific skill or life transition. We've also noticed that not all children's book are created equal and that some stand out to us as having lasting impact. It's those stand-out books that we want to share with you - the books our kids keep requesting, and the ones that we enjoy reading to them, again and again - and again!