Today is Daniel’s last day of school for the year. It’s a sad day. Gone are my lone errand running times – at least until camp starts.
Daniel’s class has a very cool program – Royal Reader. Every Friday, someone comes in – a student’s parent, grandparent, older sibling, babysitter, whatever – and reads a book or two to the class. The kids love it. Last Friday, I got to be the Royal Reader. To me, as a lover of picture books, being Royal Reader is a big challenge – I try very hard to find the perfect book. Noah was Royal Reader in March – he read one of Daniel’s favorites, Trashy Town. My mom was Royal Reader last month and she read Z Is for Moose and The Napping House. So, I had to do a lot of thinking to find books to read when I was Royal Reader. The class loves books that make them laugh, so I had to find something silly. Luckily, I was able to find a couple of great books with a big silly factor as well:
First, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock. This book is a lovely retelling of one of the old African Anansi tales. Anansi the spider is a trickster. He’s also very lazy and wants good things to eat without having to work for them. Funny, and beautifully illustrated, we see how Anansi tricks his way into some treats, and gets what’s coming to him in the end.
Then we read an old classic, Caps for Sale. Do you remember this from when you were a kid? A cap peddler walks around town with all his wares on his head, and takes a nap when no one is buying. When he wakes up, all his caps are gone, thanks to the monkeys in the tree above. Then things get funny when he tries to get his caps back.
The class loved both books, and there was a lot of laughing. (Nothing is funnier than watching a class full of 3 and 4 year olds laugh over a story.) What are your favorite books to read aloud?