This post is sponsored by Scholastic. All opinions are my own.
My four-year-old cannot read just yet, however, books like the new Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown are easy enough for her to remember and recite. She loves “reading” Groovy Joe books!
“Knock! Knock! Groovy Joe, the fun-lovin’, guitar-strummin’ easy goin’ doggy is back and ready for a dance party with you . . . and a whole new math-lovin’ doggy crew!”
When you listen to the videos you can see and hear the author sing and recite the book. If your kids love to watch their favorite books being read online you just might recognize the author’s voice. He is a #1 New York Times bestseller named Eric Litwin and he is also the author of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes which is another favorite in our home. The best things about these books from Eric Litwin is that your kids will be practicing math and numbers even when they might not realize they’re doing it!
This is the second book in the Groovy Joe series by Eric Litwin and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. In this second book, Groovy Joe has a dance party. But Oh no! More and more doggies are knocking on his door, asking to come in. Will there be enough room for everyone? Joe knows just what to do and soon enough he everyone moving and grooving — the party has only just begun! Signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing style, combined with wild and witty illustrations infused and gentle math concepts come together to create an unforgettable new Groovy Joe story all about positivity, creativity, math, and kindness. Groovy Joe is back, ready to get groovy!
“Groovy Joe is totally fun.
He’s a tail-wagging, song singing party of one!
And he rocks like this:
Disco party bow wow!”
Although our daughter cannot read yet, we are really happy that she loves books as much as she does. She loves being read to and she tries to recite every book we read. My friend is a Kindergarten teacher and I asked her what all we could do to help our children learn to read. Here are a few tips she gave me.
- Surround them with books – Even at this stage just surrounding them with books can have a positive influence on their interest in reading.
- Read to them every day – Get them excited to explore new worlds and read to them every day.
- Start with board books – Babies aren’t too young to start loving books.
- Encourage them to talk about the story after – Make it fun and get them involved.
- Read ahead of their level – There’s no strict rule about following age ranges on books.
- Go to the library – Make trips to the library and make it an outing. Let them see the library as a fun place to go and not just a place to “work”.
- Let them see you reading – Kids learn from their parents and if they see their parents enjoying reading they will too.
- Don’t Push it – You don’t have to teach your kids to read early to get them to love reading. in fact, just the opposite can happen. If kids feel pushed or discouraged they can become stressed or overwhelmed and begin to see reading in a negative light.
- Let them pick the stories – Kids are more likely to love reading if they read what they are interested in, whether that be fairy tales or horses or nature. Let them pick.
- Designate quiet/reading time – Have a specific time frame at home where all electronics are turned off and everyone focuses on reading.
- Turn on classical music – If it’s too quiet any distractions can cause a kid to get up and walk away from their book. If you find that your child is like this turn on some low classical music to help with concentration.
- Make book nooks throughout the house – My little one can be seen at some of our book nooks around the home sitting and flipping through pages.