The month of March celebrates reading in a BIG way. It’s reading month, Read Across America, and the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. I LOVE the month of March and I LOVE books! I can remember getting excited for library day as a young girl…I just couldn’t wait to check out more books and dive into new adventures, stories, fairy tales, mysteries, etc. To this day, I can’t wait to get my hands on a new, good book. As a teacher/mother/homeschooler, I collect books. I have hundreds of children’s books…and I just can’t help but buy and borrow more. This love and passion for books is something that I have always worn on my sleeve and I love to pass that on to other children… my own and my students. So I combed through the shelves of the library, bookstore, and online to find you 10 Books to Read With Your Kids in 2015.
These books were either released during the later part of 2014 or were released this year. You can find them all at your local library, bookstore, or right online. Most of them are award winners as well. Below you will find a list of titles and authors for each of them as well as a reading incentive printable for your kids.
1. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
2. Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Meyers
3. You are (not) Small by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant
4. Once Upon a Cloud by Claire Keane
5. Snoozefest by Samantha Berger and Kristyna Litten
6. A Boy and A Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz and Catia Chien
7. A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall
8. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School by Benjamin Chaud and Davide Cali
9. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
10. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal
You can print out the reading incentive chart for your kids HERE (without the watermark). This print is free for personal use only. Please do not alter or claim as your own, and if you decide to share it (please do!), please give credit back to West Valley Moms Blog.
I find that reading charts, trips to the library, a cozy spot at home, and exposure to lots of different kinds of books really encourage a love for reading. The print is a rather simple incentive piece. Kids are encouraged to read 10 books and to record it on the print. Once they complete the 10 books, they get a special prize! Prize ideas can be anything that gets your kid motivated to read. I listed some ideas below that my daughter likes:
1. Frozen yogurt date
2. Trip to Dollar Tree or Target’s dollar spot for a toy
3. New book
4. 10 extra minutes to stay up before bedtime
5. Redbox movie rental
How do you encourage your kids to read? What are your favorite children’s books?