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5 Picture Books on Season Transitions {undergodsmightyhand.com}

5 Picture Books About Season Transitions

It’s March 4th – the first Wednesday of March! And that means it is World Read Aloud Day!

LitWorld.org hosts World Read Aloud Day as a way to communicate the need and importance of reading aloud with students and children. Reading aloud provides a model for reading, improves literacy, facilitates connection between parent (or teacher) and child, and celebrates and encourages creativity.

Visit LitWorld online for more information about World Read Aloud Day, as well as resources for home, school, and community. Join in on the fun on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #WRAD15 to find book recommendations and celebration ideas and post your own!

World Read Aloud Day 2015!

Need some ideas for World Read Aloud Day?

How about picture books on transitioning seasons?

5 Picture Books on Season Transitions {undergodsmightyhand.com}

5 Picture Books that Discuss Transitioning Seasons

Hi, Koo! by Jon J Muth

Hi, Koo! by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic, 2014) – This book of haiku poems (get it? Haiku… “hi, Koo!”) offers 26 poems on the four seasons while following an adorable panda bear through seasonal adventures. The haikus are gentle and fluid, and the illustrations are exquisite. Great for read alouds!

Tap the Magic Tree

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson (Greenwillow Books, 2013) – This picture book remains one of my kids’ favorites. The book takes an interactive form and gives readers directions to follow (tap the tree and turn the page, etc.). As readers complete each action and turn the page, they see their actions “produce” results! Perfect for preschoolers, this book is fun to read aloud and have one or many kids help the tree in the illustrations transition through the each season.

Bunny's First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by David McPhail (Zonderkidz, 2015) – Sally Lloyd-Jones is the author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, one of our family’s very favorite children’s bibles. She is able to tell a story with strong emotion and beautifully fluid, yet active phrases. Bunny’s First Spring introduces the reader to a young bunny who bounces in adoration of a spring world full of life and new growth. As the year progresses, the bunny grows and wonders if a tree dropping its fall leaves is sick or if winter means the earth is dying. The bunny’s mother and father assure that waiting will reveal the answer, so the bunny listens and watches nature until its own hibernation period. With a soothing rhythmic tone, this book is perhaps particularly appropriate as a read aloud for parents/guardians and preschool children.

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Leaves by David Ezra Stein (Putnam, 2007) – This sweet book follows a young bear at the very end of summer and the wonder and discovery of fall. While the book focuses on autumn, all of the seasons are covered, ending with jubilation at the new growth of spring. Preschoolers again will love rejoicing with the bear in this book.

The Lion and The Bird by Marianne Dubuc

The Lion and The Bird by Marianne Dubuc (Enchanted Lion Books, 2014) – This book is plain beautiful, heart-wrenching, and endearing. Rather than the seasons being the focus, the book centers on the unlikely and perfect friendship between a farming lion and a journeying bird. The bird gets hurt and Lion helps bandage it, but the bird is unable to fly away with its migrating flock. The lion helps the bird recuperate through the cold winter as they enjoy a strengthening friendship. However, when spring returns, so does the bird’s flock. What will become of their friendship? This book also leans heavily on illustrations over words allowing younger readers to help narrate the story in their own words. My favorite line: “But winter doesn’t feel all that cold with a friend.” A beautiful book everyone needs to read – together.

How about you? What books will you be reading this World Read Aloud Day?

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World Read Aloud Day 2014

7 Resources for World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day 2014

Today (March 5th) is World Read Aloud Day for 2014! Today is a simple celebration of the opportunities we have to read and to raise awareness of how powerful reading aloud to all children can be.

World Read Aloud Day Resources

Not sure what World Read Aloud Day is? Check out these two great resources:

“The message is powerfully clear: Reading aloud to children can close the word gap. Children who grow up as readers become engaged citizens of the global world, and every child deserves that right to read.”

Five World Read Aloud Day Activities

  1. Read a favorite book with your children, then complete accompanying learning activities. Many librarians, teachers, and homeschoolers have blogs with book-based activities. We have some book-based activities here on this blog, and you can also search through my Book-Based Education Activities board on Pinterest for ideas from all over the web.
    Book-based Education Activities board on Pinterest
  2. Search online for videos of readers and writers reading aloud. Librarian Mr. Schu has several videos linked on this post of his. (Follow Mr. Schu on Twitter for lots of great reading and #kidlit resources, too!) LeVar Burton reads poems from I Am A Book in this video. (If you can’t see the video below, click on this link.)
  3. Take your child (or family member) to a library. Let them pick out a few books to read aloud together right then and there!
  4. Combine the senses while reading aloud. Bake recipes from favorite books. Engage visual creativity by responding to read alouds with art. Act out the events of a favorite picture book scene. Set a poem to music.
  5. After reading aloud, have your child (or student) create his or her own story. You can use a tutorial like this one to make fold a mini-book.

For children’s book recommendations, check out my Children’s Books board on Pinterest! You can also scroll through my recent Instagram feed for picture book reviews and recommendations.

Children's Books board on Pinterest

Of course, reading aloud with your family is for everyday, but it sure is fun to celebrate it and spread the word today, too!

How are you and your family celebrating World Read Aloud Day?

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