On My Bookshelf: What to Read When

A few days ago at work, I came across a fabulous book called What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child - and All the Best Times to Read Them by Pam Allyn. This book is an amazing resource for children's literature.

The beginning of the book (Part I) includes information on why reading aloud is important, four keys to help children become lifelong readers, and landmark books in children's literature. Titles mentioned in the landmark books chapter include Madeline, The Snowy Day, and Where the Sidewalk Ends, plus many more.

Part II of the book contains suggested books for different ages from birth through ten. Titles are recommended by age and then within each age, recommendations by type of book are made.

Part III of the book is a list of books for children that fall under one of fifty themes. Some of these themes include "Birthdays/Growing Up", "Loving Art", and "Sleepovers". Each title included in this section has a brief summary of the book as part of the listing.

I think this is a great book for anyone who interacts with children! I am looking forward to sharing this book with the parents who bring little ones to my storytimes this fall.

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