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A Love Affair with Children’s Books

ShapesShapesShapesMy Many Colored DaysBy Cathy Saunders,
Director of Education

Adulthood has never interfered with my love of children’s literature. I led our college environmental group in a dramatic rendition of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. Anne of Green Gables served as an antidote to academic rigor. And Winnie the Pooh remains a fixture on my bedside table for sleepless nights. While I often give these beloved titles as gifts to children, there is such a wonderful array of kids’ books that I have garnered new favorites that are a treat to share with the young people in my life. My Many Colored Days, with its rich illustrations, is a joy to read to an infant in my lap. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is such a kick to read with five-year-olds that I always keep extra copies on hand to give away.

As an educator I have been in a blessed position to share my passion for books with children on a regular basis. Beautiful picture books enhance explorations of topics from tropical rainforests to flight, and it is tremendous fun to develop activities inspired by the Harry Potter series.

Featuring books in our exhibits is another way we share our love of children’s literature at Providence Children’s Museum. As we plan new exhibitions, we find scores of relevant books written for children. We carefully select the best, considering different ages and reading levels, different approaches to the subject, beautiful writing and illustration, well-presented information. We want you and your children to find books that especially appeal to and excite you. Perhaps you’ll love reading aloud the whimsical verse of Math Curse in Shape Space or your youngest may delight in naming shapes for you in the color photographs in Shapes, Shapes, Shapes.

This month is the perfect time to indulge your own love affair with children’s books and kindle that passion in your children. November 12-18 is National Children’s Book Week. There are treasures for you and your children to discover at the Children’s Museum, library, bookstore and even in your own old book collection. Exploring books together creates lasting memories, fosters your child’s love of reading and learning, and is a joy for both of you.

News and Notes from Providence Children’s Museum: Occasional posts about things to do with our kids – from places to go, things to make, ideas to think about, and ways to explore. Providence Children’s Museum – 100 South Street, Providence, RI. 401-273-5437 (KIDS).

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