Take your books outside!
Do you remember the theme song from the PBS series, Reading Rainbow?
“Butterfly in the sky. I can go twice as high. Take a look. It’s in a book. A Reading Rainbow. I can go anywhere. Friends to know. And ways to grow. A Reading Rainbow…”
We often think about all the places we can travel in books. But, have you ever thought about all the places you can read books? The theme song from Reading Rainbow reminds me of all the possibilities of taking books with us everywhere!
Think about all the places you read during the day – waiting in line, in the bathroom, at the doctor’s office, at a restaurant. It’s important to model for children that reading is all around us. One of my favorite places to read with children is outside! Yes, books have their place outdoors.
Reading a book outside can be as simple as sitting on the front porch sharing a story with your little one. Here are some other ways to enjoy using books outside with children.
With Spring around the corner, pack up a picnic basket of books and a blanket. Head out to your backyard or the park and enjoy reading together in the sun. Some of my favorite titles for young children include:
The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy
We’re Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins
Picnic by Emily Arnold McCully
Read the Listening Walk by Paul Showers and then go on your own listening walk in the neighborhood. How many different sounds can your child identify? When you get home, your child could make their own book about all the sounds they heard.
Jumping and Moving
We know that young children love to dance and move. Take along Missy Mary Mack and Other Children’s Street Rhymes by Joanna Cole. You will find ball-bouncing rhymes, hand-clapping rhymes and counting-out rhymes to chant while you exercise with the kids.
So, the next time you head outside, take along a book!
About the Author
Jodie Rodriguez is a National Board Certified teacher, reading specialist and administrator with over 17 years of experience. She currently stays at home with her two young sons (2 years and 11 months). Her newest adventure is the creation of the Growing Book by Book blog dedicated to helping caregivers nurture young readers. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.