Whenever I think of February, I always think first of my birthday and then immediately afterward of Valentine’s Day. Even though I think Valentine’s Day is worth exploring with young children, for a variety of reasons that I will talk about nearer to that day, I think that exploring National Library Lovers Month as a theme is much more interesting.
I didn’t even know about Library Lovers Month a few years ago- but I am a big fan of anything having to do with books, reading, people who love books, libraries, librarians, authors, and struggling authors. I love reading with children and to children.
Children have varying experiences with books, from daily frequent exposure to living in homes that have few if any books. Since the opportunities vary greatly, it is up to chid care providers to ensure that children are surrounded by good books. When students ask me how frequently they should read to children, I say, “As much as possible, whenever possible.”
This month we are going to look at book exploration in honor of Library Lovers Month. Send in your favorite children’s book titles, especially those that explore math concepts.