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Reading aloud is one of the most important gifts a child can receive. A special bond is created between an adult and child in sharing a book. It indicates to the child that someone cares enough to spend time sharing a good book. There is also a sense of security that comes from the physical closeness in sharing a story.

Literature can positively affect a child's self-esteem. When reading aloud is a shared activity, children are encouraged to ask questions and talk about the story. This is a perfect opportunity to teach values, encourage integrity, and give children high ideals to reach for.

Giving children direct contact with books is very important for increasing their attention spans, listening abilities, vocabulary, ability to visualize, a greater cultural knowledge, and eventual success in reading.

When children are read to, they automatically learn abut the written language as well. Educators say that the ability to write well, to state a case carefully and reason with others is usually critical if children are to succeed.

Reading aloud can be extremely beneficial to parents who have difficulty in communicating with their child, difficulty with the English language, or lack quality time with their child.

Tom Thumb Treasury of Children's Literature
Make Way for Ducklings The Tale of Custard the Dragon
There's a Hole in My Bucket Booby Hatch The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs The Pumpkin Fair

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Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables, retold & illus. by Charles Santore, (Jelly Bean Press, 1988), 48p, All Ages.
The wisdom of Aesop and the lessons learned from each story have
been richly captured by Santore in this collection of twenty-four
Animalia, written & illus. by Graeme Base, (Harry N. Abrams, 1987), 32p, Ages 4-7.
This is not your typical alphabet book, but a stunning one filled with exotic and familiar animals in a land of everyday things. There is also a hide-and-seek game to play with the author. In this alphabet book "A" stands for An Armoured Armadillo Avoiding An Angry Alligator.
Booby Hatch
Booby Hatch, written & illus. by Betsy Lewin, (Clarion Books, 1995), 32p, Ages 4-8.
A simple and charming study of the life cycle of a blue-footed booby from the Galápagos Islands. After hatching, Pépe is fed and protected by his parents until he learns to fly and dive for food. As an adult, he meets his mate and the cycle begins again with a little white egg.

Corduroy, written & illus. by Don Freeman (Viking Books, 1968), 32p, Ages 3-7.
Corduroy is a lovable toyshop bear who always wanted a home He almost gives up hope until a little girl sees beyond his missing button and loves him at first sight. Unable to convince her mother to buy him, the little girl returns to the toyshop with her own money.
The Elephant Child
The Elephant Child, written by Rudyard Kipling, illus. by Arlette Lavie, (Child's Play, Ltd. 1986), 36p, Ages 4-8.
The question of why elephants have long trunks is answered when a small stubby-nosed elephant with an unquenchable curiosity decides to find out what a crocodile has for dinner. The crocodile, happy to accommodate, latches onto the elephant's nose, and the resulting tug-of-war produces a very long nose and the discovery of its many uses.
The Golden Goose, written by the Brothers Grimm, retold
& illus. by Uri Schulevitz, (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1995),
32p, Ages 4-8.

The youngest of three sons is rewarded with a golden feathered goose because of his kindness to an old man. When the townspeople come too close to the golden goose, one after another become stuck and are forced to follow behind the young man. Inadvertently, the simple lad wins the hand of the princess and lives happily ever after with many little golden geese and golden eggs.
The Golden Goose
The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs
The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, written and illus. by William Joyce, (HarperCollins, 1996), 40p, Ages 4-8.
Brave and courageous, the leaf men are the guardians of the garden, and they come to the aid of the good doodle bugs to defeat the spider queen, rescue a long forgotten toy, and restore an old woman's garden. It's reassuring to know that there are still heroes to triumph over evil.
Make Way for Ducklings, written & illus. by Robert McCloskey, (Viking Children's Books, 1941), 64p, Ages 4-7.
Mr. & Mrs. Mallard need to find a safe home for their ducklings. They decide that The Boston Public Garden is the perfect place. On their journey to their new home. Mother Mallard and her ducklings are aided by the police who stop traffic in order for them to cross the street safely.
Make Way for Ducklings
On the Morn of Mayfest
On the Morn of Mayfest, written by Erica Silverman, illus. by Marla Frazee (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998), 32p, Ages 4-8.
Told in cumulative rhyme, a young girl is pursued by a dove, who is trailed by a huntsman, who is frightened by a mouse, who is chased by a cat, and so forth, until an entire medieval village is caught up in the silliness.
The Pumpkin Fair, written by Eve Bunting, illus. by Eileen Christelow, (Clarion Books, 1997), 32p, Ages 4-7.
In a small New England town, a young girl describes the excitement that surrounds the annual pumpkin fair. With her small and rather ordinary pumpkin clutched tightly in her arms, she makes sure it is safe from accidents and her brother's pranks.
The Pumpkin Fair
The Tale of Custard the Dragon
The Tale of Custard the Dragon, written by Ogden Nash, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, (Little, Brown & Co., 1936), 32p, Ages 4-8.
This beloved classic concerns one little girl named Belinda who lives with a collection of extremely brave pets - a black cat Ink, a gray mouse Blink, a little dog Mustard, and one very cowardly dragon Custard. When a pistol-packing, peg-legged pirate suddenly climbs through Belinda's window, it's Custard who discovers a way to protect everyone.
There's a Hole in My Bucket, written & illus. by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert, (Front Street, Inc., 1998), 28p, Ages 4-7.
Bear's flowers are thirsty, but his water bucket has a hole in it. In a comic series of events, Bear and his friend hedgehog attempt to repair the hole.
There's a Hole in My Bucket
Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb, retold & illus. by Richard Jesse Watson, (Harcourt Brace & Co., 1989), 32p, Ages 4-8.
Originally published in 1621, this translation of an old British folktale takes place in the time of King Arthur. Even though he is no bigger than his father's thumb, Tom manages to incur numerous adventures. Carried off by a crow, swallowed by a fish, and rescued from prison by the castle mice, Tom is declared a hero when he ends a battle between King Arthur and the giant Grumbong, earning a place as the smallest Knight of the round Table.
Treasury of Children's Literature, edited by Armand Eisen, (Houghton Mifflin, 1992), 304p, All Ages.
In this single volume, an entire collection of some of the best in children's literature is contained. Fifty-four unforgettable stories and poems have been chosen from Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm, Aesop's Fables, Mother Goose, A Child's Garden of Verses, and American Tales.
Treasury of Children's Literature

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