My daughter is now 8 years old and a very fluent reader. Very often I hear the same question, What did you do with her when she was little? Well, we read a lot, and I maintained a diary of our reading activities in weekly What My Child Is Reading entries in my blog. I decided to make these reading diaries more useful and create a new series on my blog where I will share our best books for each month for ages 3, 4, 5, and 6. Moreover, I will pair each book with an extension activity – sometimes with ours and sometimes with activities from my creative friends from Kid Blogger Network. In this post I am featuring books that we read when Smarty was 5 years old.
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1. The Story of SnowWhere does snow come from? This is the question that fascinates kids. Older preschoolers and kindergarteners might be ready for a more elaborate answer to this question given in The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino. This book explains the formation of snow crystals and it has amazing photos of real snowflakes. I still feel sad that my Calfornia girl is yet to see actual snowfall, but most kids should be able to extend the book by going outside and exploring fresh snowflakes under a magnifying glass. The rest of us can grow our own crystal snowflakes from Little Bins for Little Hands or get artsy with one (or more) of 30 ideas to make snowflakes at Hands On: As We Grow
2. Good Enough to Eat
As New Year rolled in, many families made resolutions to make better nutritional choices this year. But why is this important? Good Enough to Eat by Lizzy Rockwell introduces nutritional facts to kids in an easy to understand and entertaining way. This is an older book, so it is still uses an old food pyramid, but you can extend it by introducing a new “balanced food plate” and sorting foods into food groups with a free printable nutrition project for preschool from The Preschool Toolbox.
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. This book will appeal to all dog lovers out there or children interested in police work. It also teaches important public safety tips while entertaining children with antics of a very intelligent dog. You can extend the story by creating your own pretend police station from Creative Family Fun. This play setup also incorporates writing into pretend play.
4. E-mergency!E-mergency! by Ezra Fields-Meyer is an irresistible action adventure for kids who are ready to go beyond the alphabet and interested in following more complex stories. Letter E had an unfortunate accident and needs to rest and recover. Letter O tries to replace it with all the words where E is used, but, alas, E is not getting better? Why? Read the book and enjoy all the visual jokes from amazing Tom Lichtenheld to find out. And, while you read, create your own alphabet city with pipecleaner alphabet – from Kids Play Box.
5. Around the World: Who’s Been Here?We usually read at least one book set in different lands every month. Around the World: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George fits the bill perfectly since it is set in many lands. It’s part of Who’s Been Here? series where the readers are asked to guess a creature from visual clues with the answers given in the back. This time the locations are more exotic as the main character, a school teacher Miss Lewis, travels the world on the research ship documenting the wildlife. She sends letters with visual riddles to her class from various locations around the world. This book is wonderful in raising kids' curiosity about the world and its creatures. They might even want to participate in postcard swap with kids living in other places around the world or at least look at your travel postcards if you collect them. Kids Activities Blog explains how to get started with postcards swap and why it’s a great geography activity for preschool.
6. Mr Popper’s Penguins
Are your children ready for listening to longer books? Try Mr Popper’s Penguins – a classic tale of Richard and Florence Altwater. It was originally published in 1938, but modern kids can still connect to a story of a person in love with all things Arctic and enjoy the adventures of his penguins. Reading Confetti has an adorable frozen banana penguin snack that children can munch on while listening to a book. They can also pick a craft from a big list of penguin crafts for kids on Crafty Morning.
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