Reading Corner

The Reading Corner

March is Reading Month! This month provides a great opportunity to expand your children’s interest in books. Research tells us that children whose parents read to them regularly in early childhood have larger vocabularies, are more prepared for kindergarten, and are more likely to read on grade level in grades K-3. While there are many great children’s books, here are five that have fun corresponding activities to enjoy with your child!


1. The Lorax by Dr. Suess - Yarn truffla trees

In the book The Lorax, the truffla trees are harvested into extinction and the Lorax speaks for the trees throughout the book. Make your own truffla trees with your children by using yarn and popsicle sticks. Have children decorate the popsicle stick like the trunk of the tree and attach a bundle of yarn at the top. Alternatively, construction paper could be used for the trunk and truffllas, or other supplies such as straws for the trunk.


2. It Looked Like Spilled Milk by Charles G. Shaw - Cloud blots

This classic book features a white shape on a blue background on each page. The shape looks like a rabbit, or a bird, or many other familiar silhouettes. This book easily lends itself to being recreated with blue     paper and white paint. Fold the blue paper in half, crease and unfold. Have the child place paint on the paper as they desire, then fold paper in half, so the paint is inside the fold. Smooth out the paper,    spreading the paint, and then unfold. Have the child describe what they see and record their answers.


3. If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff - Muffins

Children love the opportunity to bake alongside their parents and caregivers! After you read the book   together, find your favorite muffin recipe and jump in.


4. Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming- Alphabet letters

In this fun book, Mouse constructs alphabet letters A through Z with a wide variety of materials. You can do the same by providing children with a large paper letter of their first initial and a selection of collage materials. Colored noodles, feathers, stickers and more can be used to decorate “their” letter.


5. We are Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen - Sound effects

Many books feature great sounds, including this one! One fun way to expand on children’s interests is to let them make the sound effects as you read the book. For example, in this fun book, the grass goes swishy-swashy, and the river goes splash-splosh and the mud goes squelch-squerch. Read the book once through with children and identify all the sounds.


As you read other books with your children, look for ideas to expand on the concepts in the book. Children’s literature offers a wealth of fantastic early learning opportunities. Think outside of the box!