By Y. Espericueta, UTPA
This post was written by a student in READ 6310 Children’s and Adolescent Literature.
Reading is such an important part of a child’s development. It allows them to learn language, increase vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency while building a personal connection with the person they are sharing the story with. Unfortunately, there are so many books that we sometimes face difficulty choosing a great book. We have to take several factors into consideration when we are selecting books such as age, interest, and culture, which will help us decide if they are appropriate and meaningful for children. As winter is approaching us, here are some stories that are great to read with children.
Biscuit’s Snowy Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Biscuit and his friend covered up warmly before they went outside to play when they noticed it was snowing. They encounter an adventure as they go out to help all their friends make a snowman. Biscuit wanted to help as much as he could and does a great job while helping roll up the snowball and getting all the accessories necessary to decorate the snowman.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Peter wakes up to find that it has snowed throughout the night and decides to go outside to play in the snow. Before he comes inside, he makes a snowball and puts it in his pocket. He is sad when he sees that the snowball that was in his pocket had disappeared. That night he dreams that the sun melts all the snow, but when he wakes up he finds that it has snowed again. Peter and his friend go out to play in the new snow.
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson. Bear is sleeping through the long winter season. Poor bear is woken up by a pepper flake to find his friends are having a party in his cave and he has slept through most of it. Bear feels sad that he has been left out of a party in his own cave. The other animals offer him some of their food and drink but then Bear realizes that he is the only one awake while his friends get very sleepy.
The Mitten by Jan Brett. When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he continues on his way without realizing it is missing. Then the animals in the forest encounter the lost mitten and chose to crawl in. A curious mole is the first one to crawl in it, followed by a rabbit, then a badger as well as others, each one getting bigger. A big bear also decided to squeeze into the mitten. All the while, Nicki does not realize what an adventure his mitten is having.