I just love reading rich children's literature to my babies even much more than I like to read a book for myself. As homeschool mommas, we wear our superhero clothes all day long and conquer many obstacles. We don't have to let reading be one of them! So, in this post, I want to share one of my passions with you- children's literature. I am the former classroom teacher, current homeschool mom warrior who has to restrain herself in the Barnes and Noble (especially because my hubby is an educator and still gets 25% off educator discount!!!!!!) EEE!
Okay, so back to literature. How do we know we're using the good stuff? Sometimes in the chaos of the day, all we have is that read aloud time together to indeed hold the day together, to provide a quiet oasis in the middle of the craziness. Let's make it count!
I'm talking being familiar with well written children's literature (Caldecott books, Newberry Medal books and there are more). But not necessarily those books exclusively, while they are a great place to begin. I'm talking about, do we purposefully and thoughtfully select literature?
We need to carefully select notable pieces of children's literature.
How do you know when you've found one?
1. Does it use complex sentences structures?
2. Does it have a moving story with dynamic characters or a moral?
3. Does it have well done illustrations, aesthetic, not comic looking (like Disney princess books. ugh.)
4. Is there a clear beginning, middle and end?
5. Is there a problem and solution?
6. Does it inspire us?
7. Does it move us?
8. Is the author praised and well-known?
9. Is it considered a classic?
10. Does it have rhyme, cadence, or alliteration, new vocabulary or can we develop an ear for word play?
11. Does it have an award?
These are just a few considerations. I know you can mostly tell a good piece of literature when you see it (even if you're trying to hurry at the library because the toddler is pulling things off the shelf left and right).
If you need some suggestions to use with your children, look at the Sonlight or Memoria Press grade level read aloud lists.
Here's a tiny little list of a few of my favorite authors:
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Margaret Wise Brown
A. A. Milne
Ultimately, the children's section at the library is full of good picks. The library knows her authors well and most likely does an excellent job choosing rich literature. I just get a fuzzy, warm feeling when I think of a book that's touched my life as a child, don't you? To think of giving that gift to my children makes me so excited! I hope this helps you give the gift of good literature to your babies as well! Please comment below; what are your favorite pieces of rich literature?
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