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Education Matters

Recommended Reads for Fall

August 28th, 2014

Submitted by Jennifer Mason, FMPL Children’s Librarian

The best thing you can do to help your child become a strong reader is to read to them: even fifteen minutes a day has a huge positive effect, increasing children’s vocabulary and school achievement. Older kids like to be read to as well, or read to you. Here are some titles share for getting into the school spirit.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

The pigeon might try to drive the school bus. . .don’t let him! This funny, interactive book is great to share. It encourages kids to have a conversation with the talkative pigeon. Next time you’re at the library, borrow one of our mini iPads from the Children’s Help Desk for in-library use and play Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App! to create your own pigeon story. If you like this one, there are a five more Pigeon books to enjoy.

Tony Baloney: School Rules

This early reader is great for beginning independent readers, or you can read it to a child who is getting ready for their first day of kindergarten or early entry. It addresses first day anxiety in a fun and entertaining way. As Tony Baloney learns the rules of school (with a couple minor mishaps) he discovers school isn’t about being perfect; it’s about learning and doing your best.

Splat the Cat

Splat the cat is nervous about his first day of school, “I don’t have clean socks, Mom. Maybe I should go to school tomorrow instead?” said Splat. “You don’t wear socks,” said his mom. Kids will laugh and appreciate the cute, quirky illustrations as Splat makes it through his first day of school, ultimately shining with the help of his pet mouse. If you like this book, the library carries many more Splat the Cat titles.

I am Too Absolutely Small for School

Lola has some strong opinions about why she does not have time to go to school, and so does her invisible friend, Soren Lorenson. Luckily, Lola’s older brother Charlie has some pretty imaginative arguments for going to school: What if Lola needs to write a letter to Santa? Or read a bedtime story to an angry ogre? The banter between Lola and Charlie is clever and creative, and Lola learns that school may just have a something to offer after all.

100 Inventions that Made History

Be inspired by the history of 100 world-changing inventions from rockets, antibiotics and video games to toilets. This colourful book, full of pictures and facts encourages kids’ natural curiosity, nurturing an attitude that fosters lifelong learning.

I Spy School Days

Reading I spy books together and searching for the items in the pictures is a fun and engaging way to share books. Check out our many I Spy books at the library, including I Spy School Days.

Tags: Books, education

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