Building Your Bookshelf: Robert McCloskey
Adding Great Stories to Fuel Great Thinking!
Building a Bookshelf for your child can be a virtual or concrete task. That means that you can build a bookshelf of books that you borrow and read, read online, or books that you have and keep on the bookshelf. Putting quality books with great storylines and writing into your child’s hands is a great way to enhance vocabulary, story retelling, following more complicated plots, and character building ideas. We’ll be “adding books” to your bookshelf” as we look at new and old books.
Books: Make Way for Ducklings, Homer Price Books, Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, Time of Wonder
Author and Illustrator: Robert McCloskey
Recommended Age: As a read aloud, you can start the picture books at preschool. They are listed as grade 2 and up reading level. The Homer Price books are better read-alouds from Kindergarten and up. According to Scholastic, the reading levels are grade 4 and up. See each specific book’s level here. All of these books are more nostalgic in nature, but certainly are able to be understood by children today. All the picture books have won a Caldecott medal.
Make Way for Ducklings – Mother Duck is leading her large brood of ducklings to the pond in Boston. Wonderful illustrations (and duckling names!) make this a winner for your bookshelf!
Blueberries for Sal – Sal goes blueberry picking with her mother outside their home in Maine and has a wonderful adventure!
One Morning in Maine – Meet Sal and her family again as they go through a day living on the shores of Maine!
Time of Wonder – A trip through what you may see when you are in Maine. This has beautiful color illustrations and does have more poetic and lyrical writing.
Homer Price Books – These are the most fun to read with older children as you follow Homer on his adventures (including his pet skunk!) as he helps others out and solves mysteries. My personal chapter is Homer Price and the Doughnuts!
Make Way for Ducklings:
Blueberries for Sal:
Do you have a favorite Robert McCloskey book? Let us know what you would recommend and why in the comment section below.
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Jen Benoit, MEd, has read Homer Price to every class she has ever taught (even Kindergarten!...but just the doughnut chapter!). She also has a great fondness for the Ducklings book as she lived in the Boston and the area for many years. She took her son there for the first time just recently to check out the Duck Family statues!