How often do you read stories to your child?

To be honest, I never used to read story books to Kitana every night but now I do because she really enjoys this special time with me. She’s been feeling a bit neglected recently (especially when I put Kiaan to bed at night) and tries to compete with him for my attention.

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Story time has become our “bonding session”. We snuggle with a good book and talk about it afterward just before I kiss her good night.

Reading stories improves strong oral language skills that help build the foundation for emergent literacy skills.

Kitana loves story time; she has a big imagination and loves acting out what she reads about. I think she’s really going to enjoy arts and drama in school.

She practically lives in a fairytale with bears and wolves :/ …

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

I absolutely love the way she expresses herself when she tries to explain a story to friends and family. She thinks really hard and tries to use big words.

Our book collection is slowly increasing and we will even be carrying a few pocket-size books on our upcoming trip to the United States of America. We got a loooong flight ahead and I definitely want to use that opportunity to teach her about the places we going to be visiting.

When Pac Macmillan approached me to be involved in their picture book blog party for 2016, I knew I didn’t have much to think about.

Every month, Pac Macmillan will be sending me a book to read/discuss with my daughter along with activity sheets to do. We will then share our experience with you. 

You can find out more about the book party here.

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

In April, we read I Am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon, Viviane Schwarz (Illustrator). I absolutely love the illustrations in the book – very different and modern.

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

This is a book about Henry Finch who strives for greatness, gets it all a bit wrong, then makes it right again in a very surprising way – truly becoming great. This is an inspirational book. It is also very funny. I Am Henry Finch is a book for everyone – from the very young to the very old. It is for dreamers, philosophers, artists, the foolish and the enlightened. And anyone with a big bright idea. Source: www.goodreads.com

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

Kitana and I really enjoyed getting a bit messy with paint. Fingerprint painting is so much fun – I felt like a kid again. During our painting session, Kitana decided she wanted to paint more than just birds so I let her explore and paint what she wanted to.

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

The book is a little advance for Kitana now but I know in a few months she will understand it better. I think the book “I Am Henry Finch” is great to pair up with arts and crafts during the school holidays. You can really get creative with finger painting.

Pac Macmillan Picture book blog party

For more information on the blog party and books available visit www.panmacmillan.co.za

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