Thursday, October 20, 2016

NEW Kids Picture Books: Day 20

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
by Lisa Papp. October 2016. 32 pages.

From Amazon: "Madeline Finn DOES NOT like to read. Not books. Not magazines. Not even the menu on the ice cream truck. But Madeline Finn DOES want a gold star from her teacher. Stars are for good readers. Stars are for understanding words. And saying them out loud. Fortunately, Madeline Finn meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn't so bad. When Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn't mind. Madeline Finn can pet her until she figures the word out. As it turns out, it's fun to read when you're not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it s okay to go slow. And to keep trying. Just like the sticker says."

My thoughts: I'll admit, this concept is foreign to me. A kid who doesn't like to read?! I myself was a very early reader, and my 1st grader is the top reader in her class. But I know we are the exception. This book is very encouraging for struggling readers! And it's super practical too -- reading in front of class can be scary, but reading to a dog? Or any pet or animal, even a stuffed animal? It's a great step toward building confidence.

Recommended Age: 4-8 years

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