Recently my friend shared a Huffington Post article titled Pediatricians Call For Parents to Read Aloud To Their Children Every Day. My response to my friend…
“I first noticed this at our last well visit. The doctor made a big deal about it. Unfortunately, ML took it a little too seriously. She’s more interested in me reading to her than reading a book on her own. Last night, I tried to get her to start a new chapter book by giving her a variety of choices. She batted her eyes and said, “But I want us to read these together.” Since I was coughing uncontrollably, I was able to convince her to read a few picture books to her stuffed animals. She made me close the door. But of course I stuck my ear to the door to listen.”
The book I overheard ML reading was I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison. “On a trip to the park with her mother, a young girls hears a rhythm coming from the world around her and begins to move to the beat, finally beginning an impromptu dance in which other children join her.”
ML had the rhythm; and I can’t wait to get the rhythm at story time. I guarantee you I Got the Rhythm will be a story time hit. Tomorrow, the preschoolers at my library will sniff, sniff.. snap, snap… knock, knock and more. I anticipate smiles on the faces of the children in story time as big as the smiles on the beautifully illustrated children in this book.