Favorite Childhood Books!

This was my favorite childhood book- of course, because my first name is Susan!

In a few weeks, I’ll be going back to work as a Reading Specialist.  One of the first things I do with all grades is to ask the students to fill out a reading interest survey. It tells me a little about their reading attitudes and habits and gives me an idea of what types of material I should gather to pique their interest for Independent Reading time. http://www.amazon.com

I am always a little disturbed when just about every student writes that they “can’t remember” a favorite storybook from their early years.   Is it that life, family, sports and activities, and school get in the way and they really don’t remember?  Is it that in today’s fast-paced, technology driven-world, books are not being read to young children any more? This is one of the reasons I started this blog – I want to bring excitement back into the art of reading books aloud to kids! http://www.parentsasreadingpartners.com

In the upcoming weeks, I will again feature many books with ideas on how to best read them aloud and include pictures of cute little reading nooks -places to snuggle down and enjoy books.  I hope this will start a resurgence of reading aloud to kids of all ages. Any books or topics will do …. just read together.  It builds knowledge of the world, increases vocabulary, builds character, encourages problem solving, enhances  adventure time together, and fosters a love of learning.  Happy Reading!

What was your favorite book as a child?  I’d love to know.