Being the grandma of a 3-year old, I’m always looking for books to send to our beloved Grandboy and books for his parents. A few weeks ago, I met a woman who collaborated on writing a book with one of the teachers in my school district. The book is called, What Children Need to Learn to Read. Author Michelle Vallene, with the assistance of Suzie Connor, wrote it as a ” Parent’s Guide to Ensuring Literacy, a Love of Reading, and School Readiness.” We talked for quite awhile about children and reading and teaching, and before she left, she offered to give me a copy of the newly published book so I could send it to our family. I’m so excited to see how they like it because it is full of activities that lead children right into literacy — all kinds of songs, rhymes, poetry, games, and other great language boosters.
From the “Author’s Message” in the beginning of the book:
I believe that in the clinical debate over the proper way to teach reading, we can lose sight of the real goals of helping children to be successful readers, and of fostering an enjoyment of reading that will last throughout their lifetimes. There is no one correct way to reach these goals. What it takes is a little knowledge and some unforgettable precious time spent with your child.
My husband and I spent many of those “unforgettable precious times” reading to our two children as they were growing up, and I would have appreciated having this book as a guide and source of fun ideas during those early formative years of our children’s lives. This book would make a lovely gift for new parents, or parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers, or parents of children in the early grades.
Be sure to visit the author’s web site, Learners Lane, where you can read more about this book and to find more resources and ideas.