#FridayReads: Anna Dewdney
“When we read books with children, we share other worlds, and even more importantly, we share ourselves. Reading with children makes an intimate, human connection that teaches that child what it means to be alive as one of many beings on the planet.”
These are the sentiments Anna Dewdney expressed in her essay “How Books Can Teach Your Child to Care.” Anna tragically passed away this week at the age of fifty after a battle with brain cancer. Dewdney was a passionate educator and strong advocate for literacy. In addition to being an author of many favorite children’s books, including the popular Llama Llama series, she also illustrated numerous other children’s stories. She was force in the world of children’s literature that will be greatly missed. In lieu of a funeral service, she asked that people read to a child instead. Therefore, our FridayReads suggestions are an arrangement of Anna Dewdney’s books that we strongly encourage you to read with a child this weekend in her honor and memory.
In lieu of a funeral service, Anna asked that people read to a child instead. Therefore, our FridayReads suggestions are an arrangement of Anna Dewdney’s books that we encourage you to read with a child this weekend in her honor and memory.
Selected Anna Dewdney Books:
These best-selling picture books feature pre-schooler Llama Llama whose adventures include bedtime drama, a first day of school, and a sleepover at Gram and Grandpa’s. The fun-to-read rhyming text, gentle humor, and familiar situations are extremely comforting and helpful to young children.
It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back?
In simple sentences and sweet illustrations, Nobunny’s Perfect is an ideal introduction to behavior that young children will understand and enjoy. And, most importantly, it will make a bunny proud to be the best bunny he can be!
Poor Gloria the bulldog thinks she has lost her best friend when the little girl who owns her receives a doll as a birthday present. Suddenly the girl Gloria does everything with now does everything with her new doll! But Gloria can’t exactly tell anyone why she’s upset, so the girl’s brother and sister figure that Gloria just needs some cheering up.
In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn’t come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right.
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