“A child who reads is a child that leads.”
Encourage your child’s love for learning by introducing him to these fun reads.
Books provide children with a never-ending stream of new words, ideas, and thoughts. This month, supplement your child’s library with these fun reads that offer a wealth of information for young readers.
Art – In the Garden with Van Gogh by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober: Rhyming text well-suited to a few of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, such as Sunflowers, The Starry Night, and First Steps (After Millet), makes this an invaluable introduction to art appreciation for your little one. This book is part of a collection, Mini Masters, which introduces the works of great artists such as Degas, Matisse, Monet, and Picasso to young children. Collect them all and have a fantastic art collection at your fingertips.
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds: Gentle encouragement and wise words guide Vashti into experimenting with what she can do. Small dots, big dots, red dots, blue dots – even a dot “by painting a dot.” Beautiful illustrations by award-winning artist, Peter H. Reynolds, make this a gem to behold. Children, encouraged by the wise words of author, will be tasked to “just make a mark and see where it takes you.”
Katie’s Sunday Afternoon, by James Mayhew: The cool and refreshing waters in George Seurat’s painting – Children will delight in the soft, dreamy world that Mayhew creates. A brief but concise overview of the artists’ features make a perfect introduction to some of the world’s greatest artists. Art appreciation for young children begins with exposure to works by master artists.
Music – A You’re Adorable by Buddy Kae, Fred Wise, Sidney Lippman, and Martha Alexander: A little angel hugging a smiling baby sets the tone of this classic masterpiece. Children, all laughing and having fun, follow the letters of the alphabet. The classic song, popularized by Perry Como in the 1940s, describes every child in perfect detail. “A you’re adorable, B you’re so beautiful, C you’re a cutie full of charms…” This book provides a welcome change from the traditional alphabet song.
What a Wonderful World b George David Weiss, Bob Thiele, Ashley Bryan: Vibrant illustrations, bursting with every color of the rainbow, give this classic song sung by Louis Armstrong a lively twist. Multi-racial characters’ showing their love for their planet strikes a chord in these times when care and concern for planet Earth has reached fever pitch.
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson: The dramatic illustrations depicted by award-winning artist Kadir Nelson breathe new life into this favourite spiritual song. Children will love the repetitive nature of the lyrics and will surely hum along after a couple of readings.
Science – My Five Senses by Aliki: A delightful attempt to teach one of the earliest concepts kids should learn. This is part of the Let’s Read and Find Out Science series, which introduces science concepts for young children. Choose from three stages, according to the level of your child.
It’s Much Too Hot by Bob Graham: This book tackles the subject of heat and evaporation in a very concrete way, making it much easier for children to understand. Science concepts such as heat, energy, water motion, and senses, are presented in a language tots will understand.