My girls love to read stories and story time is a regular part of our day and not necessarily only limited to bedtime. Up until now, the girls and I have mainly been reading story books about make believe places and people. So I decided that one of this year’s goals would be to bring more non-fiction books into our household.
After watching the ever-so-famous Disney movie, Happy Feet, for the millionth time over the holidays, my 5 yr old started asking me questions about penguins.
A light went off in my head.
This was the perfect opportunity to set my goal into practice.
How did we do this?
Trace your runner on a black piece of paper. Cut it out. It becomes the main part of the penguin’s body. Then cut out two black wings in the shape of leaves and then 3 orange triangles for the beak and the penguin’s feet. Glue together and add details!
After our art activity, I surprised the girls with two books. The first one was a non-fiction book titled, Why Can’t Penguins Fly?.
The book covers everything about penguins from habitats and homes to swimming and raising chicks. It’s a great reference book for younger readers. The end of the book has a fun quiz to test children on what they have read.
The second book we read was a story book titled, And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson.
This is a beautiful story of a family that found each other through chance. It shares a lesson of unconditional love, even when it looks a little different. It paints love in a way that kids can relate. The illustrations are gorgeous and very expressive. The girls absolutely loved the story of Tango and his two dads, in fact, we had to read it twice.
There is nothing more pleasing to me than to see my kids get excited about books and wanting to learn new things.
Maybe it’s the teacher in me.
Maybe it’s because of my own love for books.
Whatever the reason, I plan on nurturing every little bit of their curiosity and love for reading.
You should too!