Across The Backyard Story Bridge

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?

7 thoughts on “Across The Backyard Story Bridge

  1. Just finished our very first chapter book (Faraway Tree) and started next one The Railway Children

  2. and discovered a lovely book at the library that is connected to The Secret Garden (one of Ellas favourite) in this one a little girl falls asleep and dreams she meets Robin and Mary from the original. Lovely illustrations with little cutouts to the next page. Bit of a classics week in our house (oh and Who Sank the Boat and The Gruffalo and Wombat Stew in continual high rotation)

  3. Received a lovely book as part of my birthday pressie from a dear friend this week. The book is “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis. A very simple picture book that says a lot without too many words. My 10 & 12 year olds have enjoyed this book and even took it to share with Grandma when we had dinner with her last night. Being an early childhood teacher I just love picture books and as you can tell still occasionally get to share them with my big kids.

  4. Julia loved the Very Hungry Caterpillar! Dion’s favourite was probably Green Eggs and Ham. They both also enjoyed the Hairy Maclary book about Scarface Claw the cat … probably because it was mummy’s favourite and she used to get right into the sound effects … rrRRRooooowwwRRRrr! said Scarface Claw. LOL!
    .-= Janet´s last blog ..What grabs you =-.

  5. At home, my little one loves Caps for Sale (Esphyr Slobodkina). She can sit with it for ages, turning over the pages and laughing at the monkeys in the trees.

    In the classroom, my students enjoy the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (CS Lewis).
    .-= Beth´s last blog ..Something to Hold =-.

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