I am part of a wonderful group of bloggers who share a picture book each weekday. You can find their book selections on my facebook page. I primarily share toddler and preschool appropriate books, but the selections run the gamut of books for kids up through elementary.
We love Sandra Boynton books around here! They are prized for their silliness and their illustrations. One of our recent favorites is But Not the Hippopotamus. Even very early readers will delight in the pattern of Boynton’s prose and the cute story.
It will not take long for your little one to know the story enough to be able to recite it to you, so here are some tips for reading Boynton books for the 1,000th time:
Do a character study. Often in Boynton books, the illustrations will feature the same characters on each page. Pick an animal and have your little one find him through out the book. Ask, “Where is the hippopotamus?” “What is he holding?” What is he doing?” This helps your little one see the details of the book and freshens up the experience each time.
Drop off at the end of the phrases and let your little one finish. They know it so well by now, let them “read” it to you. In But Not the Hippopotamus, try dropping off reading after, “But not the…” and let your young reader finish with, “Hippopotamus.”
Discuss animal noises. Boynton books feature lots of animals, so there is ample opportunity to review animal sounds with your little one. Slow down and ask, “What sound does a dog make?”
Make up a new tune. There are a lot of songs in the Boynton books. Try making a new tune to the songs or change the rhythm of your speech whilst reading. This will give the book some new life. The songs you sing when you read can easily be taken along with you in the car to keep your little one entertained while riding around town. This helps engage memory for your little one.
Review colors. Boynton books are full of primary colors. Take the opportunity to go over the colors with your child by asking them to find something red or ask, “What color is his shirt (jacket, pants, etc.)?”
What do you do to make an old favorite fresh with your young readers? I would love to hear your tips!