You’ll frequently read about my daughter in my blog posts and newsletter, so in the spirit of #WFH, I decided to start making videos with her. Throughout, we will engage with the text and each other, in a process known as Dialogic Reading, which is a super-fancy way of saying we have a conversation about the book we are reading as we read it. Dialogic Reading is an important and effective way of increasing your child’s pre-reading skills and early literacy. And, it’s fun. While you read, don’t just read to your child. Ask them questions. Discuss pictures. Have them guess what happens next. Don’t just read, engage.
Today’s title for Daddy-Daughter Storytime is one of my favorites, Jeremy Draws a Monster, written and illustrated by Peter McCarty and read with permission of Macmillan. I’ve written about it before in my Peculiar Picks column (which is on hiatus). Since, as I recommended in that post, it is great to read this book alongside its sequel, The Monster Returns, for one complete story, our next Daddy-Daughter Storytime on Thursday features that title.
Both Jeremy and the Monster books are available in Overdrive/Libby. In addition to McCarty’s interesting artwork, I recommend discussing the attitude/behavior of the monster and Jeremy’s feelings about the monster while reading the book with your child. And of course, be a loud obnoxious monster!