What do Curious George, Frog and Toad, Hardy Boys, and Peter Pan have in common? If you recognize those characters and your children do as well, that is your answer! These books have been read and loved and passed on for at least two generations. Here’s some ways to celebrate Children’s Book Week with kids and classics.
Browse the library for familiar titles. In Picture books, Easy readers, and Juvenile fiction are old friends waiting to be reintroduced. Many have been reissued with new covers or pictures so don’t just look for Old Books.
Reread them yourself. Was it the pleasure of the language or the setting of the story? Did it carry you far away or make your own life come into focus?
Read them aloud. Books written in the early 1900s may have challenging language for young readers. Instead of seeing a simplified version, share them aloud, a chapter at a time. Take time to talk about unusual words.
Share an audio tape. Hearing a book gives us insight into inflections and accents of the charters. Try it on the next family trip.
Try a new format. Many familiar classics are available as e-book or download making them transportable on the road or outdoors.
Talk about the story. Tell your children why you liked the book and what it meant to you. Was it one your bother read as well? Call grandma and see if she remembers.
Here’s a starter list of stories generations of librarians have loved. What titles would you add?
Caps for Sale by Slobodkina
Charlotte’s Web by White
Corduroy by Freeman
Curious George by Rey
Frog and Toad by Lobel
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Johnson
A Light in the Attic by Silverstein
Little House books by Wilder
Little Women by Alcott
Mother Goose rhymes
Peter Pan by Barrie
Peter Rabbit by Potter
Very Hungry Caterpillar by Carle
When We Were Very Young by Milne
Read more about Children’s Book Week at: http://www.bookweekonline.com.
-Robin, Early Literacy Librarian