Curl Up with A Book You Love

Curl Up with A Book You Love

Books can take us to distant lands, help us learn a new skill, and bring our imaginations to life. Stories can have a strong impact on our ideas, our hopes, and even what we want to grow up to be!

Some books remind us of a certain place, time, or person in our lives. Picking up a favorite book can transport us to our childhood treehouse, a fun storytime at the library, or a classroom full of friends. Have you shared your favorite childhood books with your children? If not, pull them down from your shelves or visit the library to discover whether we have copies available.

Does your child have a favorite book? If so, ask them to read it to you. Children often remember the stories in their favorite books well enough to share them, even if they’re not able to read the book. If they don’t remember the story, open a favorite book to a random page and ask your child to describe what is happening in the illustration.

Here are some fun ideas for helping your child think about, and spend time with, their favorite books:

Art Time!

Read a book with your child. When you’re done, give them blank paper and crayons, markers, or colored pencils and ask them to draw their favorite part of the story. Have them describe the drawing to you.

 

Tell Me a Story

Read a favorite book with your child. When you’re done, ask them to retell the story in their own words. Ask questions, to get them to expand on what they’re saying, but don’t feel the need to correct any parts of the story that they don’t remember.

 

Act It Out

Instead of just retelling, have your child act out a part of the book you read together. Can they remember any lines that made them laugh? If so, have them repeat the lines in a silly voice. If you have puppets, have them retell the story with the puppets. If you don’t have puppets, visit the library and use our puppet stage to retell the story.

 

Write Your Own

Create a book with your child. If they’re very young, you could have them tell you the story, so you can write it down and they can illustrate it. If they’re old enough to write, buy a blank notebook (or make your own by folding a stack of blank paper in half and stapling it). Have them write a story in it, and include illustrations if they like to draw.

 

Have you ever wondered which books your favorite librarians know and love?

Wonder no more! Here’s a list of books, and the librarians who love them.

Check them out today, and see if you can find a new favorite for you and your child to share.

 

Board Books

Hey! Wake Up! by Sandra Boynton - and all Sandra Boynton books (Susan, Harris Branch)

Moo by David LaRochelle (Karen, Mishawaka Library)

Ball by Mary Sullivan (Reannen and Karen, Mishawaka Library)

 

Picture Books

Jenny’s Birthday Book by Jenny Averill (Melissa, Harris Branch)

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey (Reannen and Karen, Mishawaka Library)

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (Debbie, Bittersweet Branch)

If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera (Ashley, Bittersweet Branch)

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (Kiera, Mishawaka Library)

Dandelion by Don Freeman (Debbie, Bittersweet Branch)

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk (Carolyn, Mishawaka Library)

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos (Brittany, Mishawaka Library)

Mustache Baby Meets His Match by Bridget Heos (Brittany, Mishawaka Library)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (Kate, Mishawaka Library)

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats (Susan, Harris Branch)

George and Martha by James Marshall (Carolyn, Mishawaka Library)

Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne (Kate, Mishawaka Library)

The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet (Debbie, Bittersweet Branch)

Sloth Slept On by Frann Preston-Gannon (Brittany, Harris Branch)

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Kate and Carolyn, Mishawaka Library)

Treat by Mary Sullivan (Karen, Mishawaka Library)

Can You Make A Scary Face? by Jan Thomas (Ashley, Bittersweet Branch)

Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington (Debbie, Bittersweet Branch)

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems (Kiera, Mishawaka Library)

The Napping House by Audrey Wood (Susan, Harris Branch)

 

Beginning Reader

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel (Karen, Mishawaka Library and Susan, Harris Branch)

Piggie and Elephant series by Mo Willems (Karen, Mishawaka Library)

 

EZ Fiction

The Littles series by John Peterson (Susan, Harris Branch)

Black Lagoon series by Mike Thaler (Karen, Mishawaka Library)

 

Fiction

The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (Ashley, Bittersweet Branch)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Brittany, Mishawaka Library)

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Betty, Mishawaka Library)

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holms (Kiera, Mishawaka Library)

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (Kate, Mishawaka Library)

The Ghost’s Grave by Peg Kehret (Kiera, Mishawaka Library)

Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (Ashley, Bittersweet Branch)

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (Reannen, Mishawaka Library)

Timmy Failure: Mistakes were Made by Stephen Pastis (Karen, Mishawaka Library)

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Kate, Mishawaka Library)

The Cricket in Times Square by John Selden (Susan, Harris Branch)

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Kiera, Mishawaka Library)

Little Wolf’s Book of Badness by Ian Whybrow (Ashley, Bittersweet Branch)

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood (Brittany, Mishawaka Library)

 

Nonfiction

Alexander Hamilton : the Outsider by Jean Fritz (Betty, Mishawaka Library)

Create Your Own Natural Dyes by Kathleen Schultz (Carolyn, Mishawaka Library)

 

WOW! Librarians have long lists of favorite books!

Visit one of your libraries today and let the librarian know if you’ve read one of her favorite books.

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