Hosted by Anne-Marie of A Readable Feast, this month's Carnival of Children's Literature asks, "What Are You Thankful For in Children's Literature. Here's my list:
- I'm thankful for my students' love of books! Each child, whether a beginning or fluent reader, has found something to love - the humor of Captain Underpants, the adventures of Jack and Annie from the Magic Tree House series, the information from a Gail Gibbons book, the engaging photographs of Ken Robbins, the whimsical poetry of Douglas Florian, or the amazing paper illustrations of Steve Jenkins.
- I'm thankful that there's a "just-right" book for every child.
- I'm thankful that my job as a teacher gives me the chance to read great children's literature everyday. Children's books teach me new and wonderful things!
- I'm thankful for the chance to nurture a love of books and reading in children.
- I'm thankful that children's literature has made me a better teacher. Children's books are essential to my daily curriulum. I use books to teach the strategies of decoding and comprehension, to introduce science or social studies topics, to model what good writers do, to encourage discussion, or wind-down a busy school day with a good read-aloud.
- I'm thankful for Mo Willems, Cynthia Rylant, Douglas Florian, and Mem Fox.
- I'm thankful for the time I spend with my own children each day as we snuggle together to read a book. They already love stories and books at such a young age. Amidst a pile of books, my 16 month old can always find his favorite, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?