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.
As I mentioned last time, I’m going to link our next several Daddy-Daughter Storytimes together to demonstrate flowing from one book to another. The last book we read was Dooby Dooby Moo, one of the many stories about Farmer Brown’s farm and its interesting animal residents.
In today’s Daddy-Daughter Storytime, we read Chicken in Space, written by Adam Lerhaupt, illustrated by Shahar Kober, and read with permission of Harper Collins. Chicken in Space is a good follow-up story to Dooby Dooby Moo because both deal with farm animals behaving most decidedly not like farm animals. Zoey is a chicken with a plan and that plan is to go to outer space.
I like this book for a number of reasons. One, Zoey is an extremely positive, glass half-full, kind of chicken. Two, I like books that have characters, especially female characters, that are unique and march to the beat of their own drum. Characters that are being true to themselves, bold, determined, and following their dreams. I think it is important to share stories with those kinds of characters with my daughter. And, three, I love the page with the birds popping the balloons and Zoey’s point of view being that the birds are actually alien spaceships attacking.
On Tuesday we will continue our story to story connections with, believe it or not, another book about a chicken going to space.