As COVID-19 continues to take over the news and our daily lives, many children have questions and concerns about what has been happening. Talking about scary events might seem daunting, as we worry about saying the wrong thing or instilling more fear in children. To help start the conversation, we are sharing a few books to discuss worries and concerns and also a few mindfulness books to help children learn to cope with their emotions.
As of March 19th, we are officially in Spring! This season is a fun time of year for young children who enjoy exploring the colorful flowers and splashing in rain puddles. If you are looking for an easy way to bring Spring into your classroom and help children learn about the new season, check out the list in this article for some of our favorite books to enjoy with early learners.
Many educators are familiar with the work of Sandra Boynton. Her board books are a favorite in many classrooms, especially for toddlers. The fun characters, simple illustrations, and sing-song rhymes quickly capture the attention of young readers. The stories are short and sweet, just long enough for young children to stay engaged.
Young children love to hear the same stories over and over again. In addition to enjoying the stories and illustrations, research suggests that re-reading stories can also help children to learn new vocabulary. Choosing books that are interesting, engaging, and fun to re-read are keys to supporting children’s learning. While there are many to choose from, we are sharing a few of our favorites.
Cooking with children offers an educational, fun, and enjoyable experience for children to practice early math and social-emotional skills. To tie recipes into your curriculum, choose some of your children’s favorite books and find recipes that relate to the story! Children quickly engage in activities that stem from stories and characters they already love. To help you get inspired, we are sharing a few of our favorite books to cook with.
Infants and toddlers love to spend time reading books with their caregivers. Reading with infants is an all-in-one activity that develops early literacy skills, engages their observation and communication skills, and even exposes them to early math concepts. Books that emphasize shapes and geometric patterns give caregivers the opportunity to point out the shapes and patterns while they are reading.
While diversity is an important topic to talk about in early childhood, it can sometimes be hard to find a way to introduce these topics to children. If you are looking for a way to start the conversation, a book can be a great opportunity. Stories are easy ways to create moments to talk to children about the importance of accepting themselves and their peers for all of our similarities and differences.
Children have a curiosity about the world around them. They wonder about how things came to be, and where things come from. This curiosity often expands to their own plates during mealtimes! Children will ask questions about where their food comes from and will be curious to learn about its history. Books are a great way for children to explore the history and story of their foods. Stories about healthy foods also offer an opportunity to talk to children about healthy eating and nutrition.
Those who have worked with infants and toddlers will often find themselves reading the same stories over and over again. While everyone has their favorites, these books could make great additions to your collection and will add variety to your curriculum, as recommended by NAEYC.
In collaboration with New York Public Library, The 2018 New York Times rated Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2018 in the United States. The winners were selected on only the basis of artistic merit and feature several great additions to add to your collection! Check out the winners to find several potential new books to introduce to the children you work with.