As we turn the page on our calendars to start a brand new year we must teach our kids to love to turn the pages of a book. In making reading fun, educational and as natural as breathing the air around us, we teach our kids not only the skill of reading fluently with understanding but we instil a love of reading in them that will last an entire lifetime.
As guardians and parents it is essential that we pass the reading torch to the next generation. Make a vow (a New Year's resolution) this upcoming year to promote and celebrate books throughout your home... in every room, for every occasion, and just for the pure joy of sharing a good book and discussion with your child.
Here are the top 10 selling books for 2015 according to The New York Times. The stats are hot off the press and I know will be of interest to you. If you haven't read any of these books to your kids please make an effort to do so and celebrate 2016 in print, or digitally, or orally...whatever tickles your fancy...just story away together into eternity......
The top 10 best sellers reflecting book sales for the week ending December 26, 2015.
1. The Day The Crayons Came Home
2. How To Catch Santa
Written by Jean Reagan. Illustrated by Lee Wildish. Siblings hatch a plan to capture Father Christmas. (Ages 4 to 8)
3. The Day The Crayons Quit
Written by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Colorful problems arise when Duncan’s crayons revolt. (Ages
3 to 7)
4. Dragons Love Tacos
Written by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. What to serve your dragon-guests. (Ages 3 to 5)
5. The Night Before Christmas
Written by Clement C. Moore. Various illustrators. (Various publishers.) Not a creature was stirring. (All ages)
6. The Wonderful Things You Will Be
Authored by Emily Winfield Martin. A celebration of future possibilities. (Ages 3 to 7)
7. The Book With No Pictures
Written by B. J. Novak. Silly songs and sound effects in a book without images. (Ages 4 to 8)
8. Press Here
Authored by Hervé Tullet. A whimsical dance of color and motion, at the touch of a finger. (Ages 4 to 8)
9. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld. As the sun sets, hard-working trucks get ready for bed. (Ages 4 to 8)
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld. (Chronicle.) As the sun sets, hard-working trucks get ready for bed. (Ages 4 to 8)
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