Tell your children about events that happened when you were growing up. If the children are young, have them make a crayon or marker drawing of some of their favorite stories of your youth. Write a simple caption for each picture. They will remember the story and the caption and as if they were "reading" when they see this work of art you have created together. With all ages of children, model comparing the stories from your past with some of the things that happen in the books you read together. This will help them learn to make connections with things they read -- and build better comprehension.
Troublemaking is dangerous but -- in small doses -- sometimes a lot of fun! What is a troublemaker? A naughty child? A clever trickster? Someone whose humor slightly stings those around him? Read these books to decide how troublemakers work and why we may all have a little troublemaker hidden inside.