We all know that there are countless benefits to introducing children to books and reading from a young age. So this new year, why not find new ways to bring picture books to the classroom?
Emotional literacy can be taught through stories – for example, Dogger by the award-winning author-illustrator Shirley Hughes, dramatises the all-too-familiar scenario of losing your favourite toy.
This is an introduction to loss, with a heart-warming conclusion about sharing and kindness which will help children build friendships. Try discussing why Dave feels so sad when he realises his toy dog is missing, or when he finds it for sale at the school fair. Ask the children to share stories about when they’ve lost something – being able to recognise different emotions will help them to accept them.
Sharing stories from children’s own experiences and talking about different ways to be kind can help them build friendships – try reading Max and Bird by Ed Vere. Children will love poring over the illustrations and following this little brave kitten as he experiences making an unlikely friendship… Encourage kids to put themselves in Max’s shoes and discuss how they might try to make friends with someone new, or someone different from themselves.
You can also actively encourage your class to participate in a story with the hilarious I Can Only Draw Worms: children will love counting along with you! The story is full of humour and it also inspires creativity; when you have finished reading the story and counting the worms, perhaps the children can try to create their own book full of creatures that they can draw?
Alison Hubble is another tale of mathematical mayhem from master storyteller Allan Ahlberg and illustrator Bruce Ingman. Alison is astonished when one day she wakes up to find a twin in her bed – and she just keeps doubling! This witty text is perfect for introducing rhyming and getting kids to repeat words aloud with you, working on their speech and literacy.
And finally, why not give You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart a go? Choose who you want to be and where you wish to go in this imaginative toolkit that will encourage creativity and help even the quietest child find a voice. Each double-page spread is a new scenario packed full of funny things to choose: create a new story every time!
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