I imagine, that as the long summer stretches out before us, many of you have found routines that work for your family. I hope that those routines include books and story time. It is never too early to read to a child as I learned with my own baby. They love the sound of your voice, the closeness, and the excitement of hearing a story. If reading is a part of your daily routine, you’ve learned that you can choose a longer story and finish it over two or three days. It builds anticipation and accommodates shorter attention span. One of the most important things you can do is model book reading to your children.
It's no surprise that books for little ones about germs and viruses are hitting the market now. While I would caution against overwhelming children with scary facts, we can sensibly teach them how illnesses work, how we cope with them, and most importantly, how we can do our best to avoid them. It is strongly recommended that you always read a book first before sharing it to make sure it's a good fit for your child. Check out some of the recently-added titles on the Preschool-2nd grade page. I will be adding titles as I find them.
With the closure of libraries and retail stores, you can still find plenty of classics in public domain. Gutenberg Project has been digitizing media since 1995, and you can have access to over 60,000 books free of charge. Readable on your internet browser, or electronic device, the children’s stories often carry the oldest illustrations, so make sure your device can display them well. Here is the link to the Children’s Bookshelf.
Goodreads offers a few titles, and Gateway to the Classics is a source for stories that are still loved today. Library of Congress copies original publications, and these can be printed or simply viewed online. If your search query leads you to an edu extension, you may have tapped into a university’s treasure trove of cultural fairytales, like The Story of Hard Nut, from Nutcracker and Mouseking.
Have you read a good book that you would like to see on the lists? I invite you to email me and tell me what you liked most about your recommendation.