Teaching our children to love books has been one of my favorite activities as a parent. Watching my nieces and nephew as they discover new books brings so much joy to me. Candlewick Press has books for every child. Children will want to share these books with their brothers, sisters, friends and family members.
April is National Poetry Month and because of that, I want to share with you two great books that your child will love. Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets and A Song About Myself are books with great writing and beautiful artwork.
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets is a book of original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors’ hearts sing and their minds wonder. This book is written by poet Kwame Alexander along with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth. Pages are illustrated in vibrant colors by Ekua Holmes.
A Song About Myself is a whimsical poem by English poet John Keats that takes his readers on a journey with words that rhyme about a boy finding his way as a poet. It’s a very fun read. All children will love it. This poem is beautifully illustrated by Chris Raschka
To Stay Alive is a book by Skila Brown depicting Mary Ann Graves and the journey of the Donner Party. When the wagon train headed west to California with the Reed and Donnor Parties, the Graves family traveled right alongside them. The anticipation of what the future holds for them all, the freedom from family, and the opportunities that await. The trip was harder than was expected: the pain of loss and the threat of death, starvation, and freezing. Told in the words of young Mary Ann Graves, she tells of love, sacrifices and the will to live through it all.
A trio of books by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder: Among a Thousand Fireflies, Step Gently Out, and Wake Up! These are sweet books with beautiful photography.
Among a Thousand Fireflies is about one firefly looking for one specific firefly in a night filled with thousands of others. How will he find the one he is looking for?
Step Gently Out is a look into the world of small insects. It shows what we typically overlook in our world. The small ant, the cricket or the praying mantis are all so small we don’t really pay attention to them unless we are specifically looking for them.
Wake Up! depicts the new life that starts every day. We see baby birds, the morning dew drops on leaves, and all of the new life that is right out of our doors.
This trio of books has the most beautiful photography that will teach your children how beautiful life is.
Once you’ve read a book, share the book. These were donated by my son to his school library. He was so happy to share them with his school. I love the thought of kids reading and this is the best way I can think to pass on my love of reading to more than just my children.
For more information on all of these books and Candlewick Press, visit them online.