It's now or never,
the time is here at last.
Tomorrow ....will be too late.
|A little less conversation... a little more reading action, please|
© Alfred Wertheimer
Your post today was inspirational. You are one amazing Dad.
The bed-time read is my favourite time of day, when all the other concerns can be forgotten and we can just bond over a few books.
Having discovered some real gems myself since becoming a Mum, I would now rather read a great children's book over any other genre - oven on my own!
I'm in awe of your commitment to finding great books for your twins.
With so many bookstores closing, there is more need now than ever for book reviews by those who are truly passionate about children's literature, not just the same tired booklists from when we were children.
You do a wonderful thing in boosting the morale of many a sleep-deprived parent.
Have you discovered Bookaboo (http://bookaboo.ning.com/video)?
It features brilliant children's books, read by celebrities to a puppet ("Bookaboo"), and models the engagement between the reader and child that really brings a story to life. If a parent doesn't know how to do this, it takes a really great book to prompt it: This is focused on picture books, which your children have probably outgrown, now they're onto chapter books, but you can review them just by watching the video, instead of having to buy them. I particularly loved "The Lamb who Came for Dinner" and "Dogs Don't Do Ballet".
Other joyous discoveries include:
- Julia Donaldson's "The Gruffallo" and its sequel, "The Gruffalo's Child";
- Kim Kennedy's "Talk like a Pirate";
- Melinda Long's "Pirates don't Babysit";
- Laurence Anholt's "The Magical Garden of Claude Monet";
- "Noises at Night" by Beth Raisner Glass;
- "Samuel's Kisses" by Karen Collum; and
- Margaret Mahy's "The Witch in the Cherry Tree" (a rediscovered gem from my youth).
Thank you again for your inspirational words.
Parenting is a challenging job, despite the many joys, and it is wonderful to hear from someone else enjoying the wild ride it is.
Wishing you all the best,
Talk about inspirational! I love your letter and adore your great book tips!
A special thanks for telling me about Bookaboo, I did not know about it. Sounds like a fabulous way to promote books - with the cute little dog drummer and involving celebrities!
Not sure if you know about it, there is also another source of storybooks online: Storyline Online read by the members of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.
I really appreciate you including a brief list of your book tips, apart from Julia Donaldson's Gruffalo books - we haven't read any of the others. Yoohoo! More fab books for our list.
You are quite correct when you say that parenting is not an easy job these days. At times when the going gets tough - I always remember that someone had to cope with me when I was a little boy.
Thanks to our parents for being so selfless!
If you agree, I would love to publish your letter on my blog. I have a feeling that other parents would really benefit from reading your positive message and you also included a fantastic list of book tips.
BTW, we still love picture books - a day cannot pass without at least one.
For some added inspiration to read-aloud today, I'm adding a link to Elvis Presley's It's Now or Never.
It's Now or Never for children of this generation.
We must postpone some commitments - so that we can read aloud more today.
If you already read a lot, ask other parents whether they will be reading aloud to their kid today.
Today is a day for a little less conversation, a little more action please.
Time to spread the message.