Am I raising kids who love to read? I hope so. I think so.
It seems the perfect time to mention (again) a series of books that really helped my beginning readers gain confidence and find pleasure in the act of reading. The Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems have so much going for them:
* They are genuinely funny. The combination of dialogue and illustrations is witty perfection.
* They are easy to read without feeling clunky, forced, or just plain lame (like some books for beginning readers).
* They are perfect for reading aloud. Both of my sons brought in Elephant & Piggie books to share with the class when it was their turn to read aloud at school. These books are ideal for practicing reading with expression.
* They are fun for reading together. Divide up the parts and read aloud.
Thank you, Mo Willems, for helping me raise kids who love to read.