A Wink and a Book: Promoting Early Childhood Literacy

Benefits of Early Childhood Literacy | Eco-Mothering.com

I started reading to Sofie in the first few months of her life. It didn’t matter to me that she probably couldn’t understand a word of it, nor that the pictures were likely blurry to her still developing vision. I love books and I wanted her to love them too. Besides, reading gave me another way to entertain a newborn. (There’s only so much peek-a-boo a mom can take!) My character voices piqued her interest. Brightly colored illustrations drew her in. We started a children’s library early and read to Sofie every day. Now, at eight years old, she reads to herself every day. Books are always on her wish list for birthdays and holidays. She’s begun her own library. She loves a good story. And she has a love of language that I feel came from her early exposure to books. A Wink of Encouragement Research shows that the … Continue reading

An Award-Winning, Eco-Friendly Children’s Book: “Earth Remembers When”

Review of the eco-themed children's book, Earth Remember When by Dawn Wynne | Eco-Mothering.com

I am so pleased when I see another eco-themed book on the market, especially in children’s literature. Making the environment a regular part of our children’s vernacular is an important step in them becoming stewards of the earth. My latest discovery, Earth Remembers When by Dawn Wynne, is an absolutely stunning picture book with many layers to enjoy. Layer 1: Reading the rhymed story in which the narrator reminisces about a clean, abundant earth when forests covered the world and foods came from the ground instead of a box. Even though my seven-year-old reads on her own, she wanted me to read this book to her, and we cuddled on the sofa together. Layer 2: Studying Gloria Piñeiro’s beautiful illustrations of oceanscapes, sunlit forests and wildlife families. Her work is vibrant and nostalgic, rich with lush detail. Layer 3: The pages fold out to reveal a very different scene of … Continue reading

“The Magical World of Sebella” Children’s Book

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This fall I started reading the Harry Potter books to my seven-year-old daughter. Like me, she quickly fell in love with the wizarding world of Hogwarts. Unfortunately, we had to stop after book three because I feel book four’s child death is too heavy for her to handle. The reading has not stopped, however. Sofie is now getting her magic fix with a chapter book called “The Magical World of Sebella: The Magic Castle” by Thea Berg. Geared for children ages 7-11, the book is about a young witch named Sebella who lives in a house once owned by an infamous magician. Naturally, strange things happen in the house: a statue comes to life; secret portals are revealed; and an All-Powerful Magician requests their services. Will Sebella and her friends save the Magic Castle? I love magical books for children. They usually maintain the belief that anything is possible, that … Continue reading

Reading Fun on International Children’s Book Day

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My sisters and I grew up with a love of books, and I seem to have instilled the same in Sofie. We’ve been reading together since she was three months old, and just this past year, she began to read on her own. That makes me a little sad, because I know pretty soon she might hole up in her room with a book for hours. And not need me at all. Apron strings aside, this is a wonderful thing. That she is so easily transported into another world through an author’s words and her imagination. I see years of reading joy ahead of Sofie. And that’s what International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is about. Recognized on April 2 since 1967 (the approximate birthday of Hans Christian Andersen), ICBD is meant to call attention to children’s books. Each year, a different country chooses the theme, the message and poster. For … Continue reading