Do you consider yourself an avid reader?
I read every day. It is very important for adults not only to read for themselves, but to find a child to read to, whether it is your own child, a niece, nephew, family friend, and/or volunteering and reading to children at a local hospital. On average I read about 16 children’s books a week. My staff also participates in reading to children. Like Dr. Seuss said, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
What were your favorite books as a child?
My favorite books to read as a child were the “Super Fudge” Book series by Judy Blume and “Amelia Bedelia” Book Series by the late Peggy Parish. These books took me on an adventure. Kids in my neighborhood wanted to play outside, but I wanted to read and go on my adventure using these books as my outlet. Not only were these books special because they were adventurous, but they were a great way for me to bond with my mother. We would read the books together and laugh at the silly things Super Fudge and Amelia Bedelia did. We would explore those books together and that’s a big part of why those two book series are my favorite.
What are your favorite kinds of books to read to kids?
Our favorite kinds of books to read to kids are the ones with iconic characters like Mickey Mouse, Snow White, and Cinderella, or even The Incredible Hulk and Spiderman. With these books children are already familiar with the characters, so they are immediately engaged in the reading session. They want to know what is going to happen to that character, even though most times they already know. It’s almost like they are watching a movie when something good happens they celebrate with applause, when something is funny they laugh. They are excited and engaged in the reading process. Some will even take the book once I’m finished reading and create their own version of the story.
What do you think makes a good children’s book?
I think that illustrations make for a good children’s book. While one is reading, the children are looking at the pages of the books and connecting the words from the story to the illustrations on the page. I also think that books with songs in them make for great books to read, for example the book “Ten Little Monkey’s Jumping on the Bed”. It’s a fun book to read and an easy book for kids to remember because of the sing song pattern. You can’t help but have the song from that book remain in your head after reading it.
What are some of your kids favorite books today and why are they your favorites?
Some of our favorite books today are the classic “Cinderella”, “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Hansel and Gretel”. These books are my personal favorite because they are from my childhood, my parents’ childhood, and my grandparents’ childhood. Now, they are a part of my son’s childhood and the rest of the kids that we reach. These books for me represent why reading and books are so important, they span the generations. Great memories are created with books. Kids believe that they can bury a bean and beanstalk will grow, little girls dream of glass slippers, and who hasn’t dropped pieces of bread or candy on the ground to make a path back home?
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