And the winner is…

Last week the winners were announced…  My favorite book  wasn’t the winner, but it was an Honor Book!

Check out this list for the great children’s books of 2014.

“Locomotive,” illustrated by Brian Floca, is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Journey,” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker and published by Candlewick Press; “Flora and the Flamingo,” written and illustrated by Molly Idle and published by Chronicle Books LLC; and “Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.


Raising a Reader

School has started and the homework begins…  And so do the required reading lists.

My littles are required to read and record at least 20 minutes of reading per night.  And I think this is great.  Yet this alone is not going to create a reader.

I believe it is far more important to teach your child to love reading, than it is to teach them how to read.  Everyone learns how to read, but not everyone will continue to read.

We read A LOT in our house.  This alone I believe to be the first and most impactful step to teaching your child to be a reader.  Children model behavior, especially behavior of those that they love and look up to.

For a while I was very interested in purchasing a Kindle or reading from the iPad.  I never really got past the fact that I truly enjoy holding my book.  I like the feel of the pages.  I like to write notes in the margins.  I like to see how far along in the book I am and anticipate what comes next.  I even like the smell.  Yet I still considered the ease of instantly downloading my next book.

And then I realized that if I am reading from some sort of electronic device my children will never really know that I am in fact reading and not just browsing emails or meandering through Pinterest.   I would fail to be a model reader and provide them with the foundation to become a reader themselves.

So instead I still buy paperbacks.  I throw them in my bag and fold my pages to mark my spot.  And there is no question about it, my kids see me read – a lot.