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 6 years old.
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1. The Story of St Patrick’s DayWhen Smarty was 4, we enjoyed The Story of… series by Patricia A. Pingry. She has books for many holidays, both religious and secular, and her simple text gives good age appropriate introduction to the history behind the holiday. The Story of Saint Patrick’s Day mentions that St Patrick lived in Ireland and we discovered Ireland in our hands-on geography track with several craft projects and, of course, a dish from Ireland.
2. Roly Poly Egg
Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman is simply begging for an art project to go with it. The text is minimal, but bright illustrations will hold most children’s attention as they trace the progress of a very spotted egg across the pages. Unfortunately, my daughter was not interested in an art project based on this book, but this beautiful Spring Tree from Housing the Forest would work great with it.
Marcus Pfister is famous for his Rainbow Fish series, but did you know that he also wrote an Easter book? I admit that Henri, Egg Artiste might be a little long for preschoolers, but the illustrations are beautiful as Henry uses famous masterpieces as inspiration for his egg decorating work. There is also a summary in the end for adults and older children explaining which works of art were used in the book. My daughter was inspired by it to become an egg artist too – she painted her foil eggs.
4. Squeaking of ArtAre you planning to take your child to an art museum? Even if you live far away from any art museum, go on a fun book trip instead with Squeaking of Art by Monica Wellington. The works of arts in this book are “stylized” with brighter colors and stronger shapes, but it would be a good quiz for adults and older children to try and “place” as many of them as possible. I doubt you will find all these works together in any real museum on planet Earth. After reading this book, your children might be inspired to create their own “masterpiece” – Smarty was very proud of her take on Van Gogh :)
5. The Picture PieDo you look at illustrations in the book sometimes and wonder, How did he or she do it? In Picture Pie a renown writer and illustrator Ed Emberley reveals some of the magic behind his work teaching kids and their parents to create beautiful collages from circles. I chose to feature this book, because it’s never too early to introduce kids to March 14 (3.14) – a Pi Day! I love how You Clever Monkey explored this book with an open ended symmetry art.
6. Archaeologists Dig For CluesWhen Smarty was 4, we started listening in the car to The Story of the World, and she was quite interested to know more about what archaeologists do. Archaeologists Dig for Clues is a great introduction to this career, and it doesn’t just cover the dig itself, but also explains what happens to the things found at the dig afterwards. It also dispels some myths about archaeologists working with shovels and just digging priceless works of art every time they put the shovel into the ground. Learning 4 Kids has a great activity to set up an alphabet archaeological dig – this is better than a dinosaur dig (because archaeologists don’t dig dinos, that’s what paleontologists do), and it also helps preschoolers reinforce their letter recognition skills.
More March Book Recommendations
- March Books for 2 and 3 year olds
- March Books for 5 year olds
- March Books for Age 6+
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