Dog Loves Read Across America Day

doglovesbooksIMG_0434

NEA’s Read Across America Day is March 2, 2015 and I found the perfect book for the K-2 crowd: Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010). Dog not only loves books, he’s a perfect character for introducing or strengthening the love of books in children. You’ll note he’s a small dog and the books are usually bigger than he is, allowing children to feel comfortable venturing into the unknown territory a book may represent. Dog is so completely in love with books that it would be hard for a reader to not catch his enthusiasm.

As the author and illustrator, Yates has perfected the dance between text and art. Dog’s facial expressions and body language describe his feelings so well. He’s one darn cute dog! Children will relate with all of dog’s feelings from excitement and anticipation about his bookstore, to loneliness and boredom when he has no customers. And finally, to contentment when Dog remembers how books can solve his boredom problem.

I highly recommend sharing Dog Loves Books on Read Across America Day. Of course, we want children to be head over heels in love with their favorite books. Dog shows us it’s ok to love books. But we also want children to use that love to venture into a lifelong reading habit and to spread the magic of reading to others.

Advertisements

One thought on “Dog Loves Read Across America Day

  1. Pingback: Dog is Back! | ReadWriteDream

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s