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Reading about Reading!

If you are reading this blog, it is likely that you love books as much as I do and have for as long as I have. But reading about reading is something new. Introducing children to the concepts of books and stories helps them understand the purpose of reading as well as invites them to create their own.

Enjoy these excellent and sweet books about reading and books!

How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex details the making of books from the hatching of the idea to their first reading. A wonderful introduction to the process of making books and inspiration for making your own books.

A young girl tells of the journeys books have taken her on all with the help of her imagination in A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston. The journey's in the book are joyful and full of wonder. A great start to finding the magic of books.

In The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers, a boy eats books filling his stomach and his brain. That is, until, he starts to overindulge and overindulgence never ends well. He learns that reading one book at a time will make him just as smart even if it is a little slower process.

Explore the many forms and history of story-telling in I Am A Story by Dan Yaccarino. Stories have been with humans likely since our species first walked the earth. Again an excellent introduction and inspiration to creating our stories. Encourage the children to tell their stories and books about their lives and their families.

A little boy goes for a walk to the top of a hill with his dog, a sled, and a brown suitcase in The Reader by Amy Hest and Lauren Castillo. Once at the top the boy reads a book titled 'Two Friends' and then they sled back home. A simple, yet magical and beautiful book! This book invites you to take your favorite books on your adventures outside.

Here are three books that tell of individuals who took risks to ensure people have books or to keep books safe. After reading these books create a library in for your children to pretend play in with books that you have and ones you create. You can create a scanning machine out of a small box and cards for each book in your library.

Share the true of story of how one librarian saved thousands of books from a war in The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter. This lovely illustrated book inspires us to stand up for what matters no matter what challenges we might face. It also shows the incredible power and value that people put on books all around the world.

That Book Woman by Heather Henson and David Small tells of a boy who lives in the mountains and his family's visit by a woman who brings them books. At first, they think she is crazy and see little use for books, but come to appreciate her determination, strength, and the books she brings.

Waiting for Biblioburro by Monica Brown and John Parra shares the story of Anna who waits anxiously for the bibloburro to visit her village. Hearing that she can write a book, she makes one for the man who brings the books. After reading this book encourage the children to write (or dictate or draw) letters and stories to your local librarian or favorite author.

As always, I hope you enjoyed this blog and look forward to your recommendations of books about books and reading, as well as ideas for activities around books and reading.

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(This blog uses the Amazon affiliate program so when you click on the title and purchase through Amazon, we earn a small percentage of the sale! If you don't buy through these links, please, be sure to support your local, independent bookstore or find them at your library!)

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