I can’t believe it’s the last day of Book Week and I’m only just getting up my Book Week post! The 2010 theme is Across The Story Bridge. Seeing as though we have an actual bridge in our backyard over the dry creek bed, I thought we would take reading outside this week. I spread a small rug on one side of the bridge with a selection of current favourites.
There’s something special about taking reading outdoors. I always enjoyed taking books outside with my students, and I do with my own kids at home too. I’m not sure what it is that makes books come alive more easily outdoors. Perhaps it’s the sense of space, which opens possibilities and removes boundaries from little imaginations. Or perhaps the heightened senses as a result of what you can hear, see, smell and feel outside makes stories seem more real. Whatever it is, I definitely think taking a book outside enhances the experience.
Here’s what we enjoyed in the late afternoon winter sunshine:
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle) – this is the little man’s favourite at the moment and he enjoys joining in with a few words and phrases he knows.
- Hello Baby! (Mem Fox/Steve Jenkins) – we enjoy the different animals and simple rhyming text from Australia’s best loved children’s author.
- Kisses For Daddy (Frances Watts/David Legge ) – because it’s been SquiggleDad’s birthday this week, and Father’s Day is just around the corner too.
- Too Loud Lily (Sophie Laguna/Kerry Argent) – entirely appropriate for my daughter. Guess why?!
- Where The Wild Things Are – (Maurice Sendak) – a classic which really comes alive outside!
What’s across the story bridge at your place this week?