I LOVE children’s books! If I have the opportunity to sit down and read quietly on my own I will without a doubt open up the latest picture books or novel from Vancouver Kidsbooks to enjoy!
As a teacher I have been passionate about integrating books and stories into my teaching daily. As a mom, reading to my children at bedtime (or anytime!) is my favourite thing to do with them. There is nothing better than snuggling up and sharing a story, using our imagination or learning something new from a book.
I also LOVE the library! Funny because I am one of the loudest people you may ever meet! But in all honestly going into a library and browsing through the books and finding new gems either on my own, with my kids or with my students is the BEST! I love how the library can provide resources as well as act as a community hub for learning, connecting and accessing information. This may have been what led me to my most recent position as a Teacher Librarian.
Because we are spending A LOT of time at home with our kiddos these days I thought I would share some of my favourite read alouds for my own children and my students each Monday.
Have a look and make sure to share your faves too!
Susan Verde with illustrator Peter Reynolds write a series of books focusing on themes like empathy, yoga, mindfulness, love, and being human. These are my “go to’s” if we need a story to calm us down or to teach important lessons on kindness.
Elise Gravel writes and illustrates books in French and English that are not only hilarious and clever, they have the cutest fun illustrations. This particular book sparked a school wide inquiry into mushrooms for over three months in my library last year! You must check it out! Mushrooms are WAY COOL!
The first time I picked up this book it brought me to tears within seconds. Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris wrote this book to honour the words that were removed from the most recent version of the Children’s Oxford Dictionary that all related to nature and the natural environment. They use poems and spells along with breathtaking illustrations in an effort to keep children’s connections with the natural world alive.
Oh my gosh if you have not picked up a Todd Parr book you must now! Todd writes beautiful picture books that teach crucial lessons for children (and adults) of all ages. My kids adore his bright, colourful and fun illustrations and every time we read one of his books we end up having incredibly valuable conversations around topics such as families, love, being different, feelings, gratitude, loss, kindness and peace.
Bree Galbraith writes beautiful and captivating stories for children of all ages. Usha and the Stolen Sun illustrated by Josee Bisaillon is Bree’s most recent book and one of our immediate favourites. Every time we read Usha my kids have new questions about how the world works and how they too, like Usha, can make a difference through communication and compassion.