Every few months, I like to review a children's book to keep you up to date on what's happening with reading for your young ones. There is a wonderful book for children ages 4 to 8 that might just get a reluctant reader excited about reading. My son happens to love books, begs to have me read to him, but I know there are some kids who haven't taken to it. This is a book for them, for all of them. It's called Read All About It by Jenna and Laura Bush.
I wasn't expecting much from the first lady and her daughter. Celebrities often write children's books that are disappointing, but this one is magic. It's about Tyrone. Tyrone rules the school, but doesn't like the library. What is there to do in the library? Books are boring. That's what he thinks until interesting characters start showing up and he is captivated by the exciting worlds he enters through books. Bravo Jenna and Laura Bush.
And I have to share another book with you that is particularly good for a toddler who is having trouble falling asleep because of a fear of monsters. There is a brilliant book called Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. It's a classic, written in 1963, with irresistible drawings and monsters who look scary but aren't. My son and I started laughing at those monsters on the first read, and now whenever he's feeling spooked, I get out Where the Wild Things Are.
There you go - two recommendations for kids on the Book Beat.