the brilliance of Dr Seuss in rap video and political satire

the brilliance of Dr Seuss in rap video and political satire

How many Dr Seuss books can (or could) you recite by heart? There was a time when I could rattle off the whole of Green Eggs and Ham while driving—Thomas would sit in his car seat behind me, flipping the pages at the appropriate moment while his two younger siblings looked on. I could give Fox in Socks a good crack too, though I did sometimes have to agree with Mr Knox:

I hate this game, Sir. This game makes my tongue quite lame, Sir.

All the Dr Seuss rhymes are brilliant for little kids who are learning to read, as that great-fun video points out.

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a special collection of chapter books that little kids* can manage

a special collection of chapter books that little kids* can manage

Every so often, one of my prep (4 to 5-year-old) students brings me the dictionary, a huge encyclopaedia, or a chapter book akin to Lord of the Rings and requests that I read it to them. The mystery of a chapter book is so enticing: the wonder of what a story with so many words might tell is magical. It is so wonderful to read a chapter book to a child, but to start with Lord of the Rings can often lead to frustration.

However, there are many chapter books that are great for younger listeners!  Here's what I look for:

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freedom of speech in the shape of storytelling changes lives

freedom of speech in the shape of storytelling changes lives

Writers are still imprisoned for the very act of telling stories; sometimes factual stories, sometimes fiction. This is the telling of their collective story – and of the people they write for. Beautiful, thought provoking and inspiring.
ages 6 years to adult

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a sweet confirmation of the value of owning and loving a book

a sweet confirmation of the value of owning and loving a book

Funny bedtime reading that says: “we love books, you and I, and we know how to use them.” Perfect for booklovers who already know that books can be read anywhere in any way + for reluctant readers who need something to inspire without preaching.
ages 2 to 8 years

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an easy introduction to Shakespeare

an easy introduction to Shakespeare

ages 6 years and up
Shakespeare certainly knew how to spin a tale - but reading or seeing one of his classic plays performed live can be intimidating or just plain hard to follow. Try reading these brilliant Shakespeare Stories first, they'll help it all come together and make the original so much easier to love.
 

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an enchanting ode to books and the diversity of thought and experience they offer

an enchanting ode to books and the diversity of thought and experience they offer

A stunning collaboration of words and art, this is an affirmation of the value of wonderful hours spent immersed in a book.  Magical art work reminds us of the joys of opening yet another book and beginning a new adventure.
ages early childhood to grown-up 

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