As you read together, try out different places to read: outdoors under a tree, curled up on a couch, in a make-believe "tent" formed by a blanket over a table, on a quilt spread on the floor, in a "hiding place" by flashlight. Stop to talk about the books you are reading and decide on the most appropriate or "best" place to read that particular book. What location would fit with the story to make you feel as though you were there? Is there a reading space that creates the same feelings or balances them out?
Holidays and Celebrations
Although we think of Thanksgiving and Christmas when someone mentions holidays, this list includes other times when families get together for traditional foods and customs. These books incorporate family traditions and beliefs from around the world. Sharing in holiday preparations is a favorite activity for children everywhere. Extend your time together with our suggestions for activities after reading: cooking, making crafts, and sharing in holiday performances.