This week’s Tablet magazine column is about the importance of reading aloud to kids. I’ve been down on my last few Tablet columns, but I like this one. And today happens to be Dr Seuss’s birthday (when lots of delightful librarians and educators are doing Seusstastic crafts and storytimes), so tonight I will be sure to read The Sleep Book or The Sneetches (the two hits in current rotation) to Maxine when Josie is at play practice.
Some of the bedtime read-alouds that have worked for both girls (ages 6 and 9) recently: Turtle in Paradise (so good! so deserving of its Newbery Honor!), Al Capone Does My Shirts (waaah, hate the new cover! but SUCH a great book for reading aloud!), Al Capone Shines My Shoes (whew, at least the hardcover still has the original, BETTER cover art and font, and it’s that rare sequel that’s as good — or NEARLY as good — as the original), Cosmic (I am NUTBALLS about this book, which could be considered a “boy book” but it worked for all three of us ovaried lit-lovers, and I already plotzed enough about this book on Goodreads that I better stop) and A Crooked Kind of Perfect (which I also loved up on Goodreads — Maxie really was a little too young for this, but Josie was right in the sweet spot).
And you really should watch the video of the President reading Where the Wild Things Are to kids. (Pretty different from his predecessor reading My Pet Goat.) Dude knows how to read aloud. And I love the way Michelle orders him to turn the book so that the kids on the edges can see the pictures.
I hope there will eventually be video online of Mrs Obama reading The Cat in the Hat at the Library of Congress earlier today. I hope she wore red and white!
UPDATE, 3/4: She read the Cat in the Hat to kids at a bilingual elementary school, accompanied by the first lady of Mexico. Mrs. Obama wore a black patterned peasant dress by Sophie Theallet — very attractive but not very Seussian. She read Green Eggs & Ham at the Library of Congress event, and wore a pink and white squiggly scoop-necked shirt with an orange pleated a-line skirt and (I think) a black and red flower pin. The outfit felt VERY Seuss-y, and the skirt matched the cover of the book exactly, and look how she reads with expression! First Lady FTW!