I love children's books. A lot. My mom was an elementary school librarian, and instilled a love of reading in me at a young age. She and I spent countless hours reading together, which is something I am so grateful for. She was really great at reading a book, then creating a fun activity to tie the story back into real life. I love it when a book comes "alive" this way. In her library, she loved doing this with her students. She always made reading exciting. Making these literary connections is something I try to do with my girls, and so this week, I thought I'd highlight five books that my girls enjoy reading over and over again, as well as an activity or two to go along with them. Enjoy!
So last week, I had two little girls feeling a bit anxious about starting first grade. Especially one named Hannah. For some reason, she was just feeling worried. So we pulled out The Kissing Hand and read it again. And I gave each girl a big kiss in the palm of their hands. Hannah immediately placed her hand on her cheek and said, "It's working!"
Reading Connection: Trace your child's hand on a piece of paper, cut it out, then go find your bright red lipstick (you know you have some), pucker up and place a big kiss right in the middle of the palm. Then write a little note of encouragement on the back and place the hand in your child's backpack or lunchbox. Or just let them carry it around. What a cute little reminder of how much you love them! You could always follow this activity up by eating a handful of Hershey Kisses too. :)