Dear Readeo Friends,

As you know from our other posts, songs can be a great way into literacy. With their repeated refrains, rhymes, and predictable patterns, familiar songs can be a great way to help young children recognize words.

We’ve added three more song storybooks by Iza Trapani to our library: I’m a Little Teapot; Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. You may recognize Trapani’s style—building a story on top of song lyrics and also her sunny palette—from Row, Row, Row Your Boat and The Itsy Bitsy Spider, also in the Readeo Library.

In her versions, the Teapot, Black Sheep and twinkling Star all come to life and lead readers on an adventure. These three selections were also suggested by one of our Readeo subscribers, early childhood educator Dale Bodenstein. Thanks, Dale!

We’ve also added three new books by Belgian author, Liesbet Slegers: Guess What I’m Doing?, Guess Where I Am? and Happy Halloween!.

The “Guess” books are part of a fun series that engage young children and new readers with bright, colorful illustration and simple text. Because of the interactive question-and-answer style, these books are perfect for BookChatting; play along with your young reader as you try to discover what the little boy is doing, or where he will end up at the end of a busy day.

Finally, we’re rounding out this month’s latest additions with a great book that will get your readers excited for October 31st: Liesbet Slegers’ Happy Halloween!.

With her genuine ability to empathize with and write about the first-time experiences of young children, Ms. Slegers tells the story of a fun-filled Halloween day from the perspective of a little girl. She spends her day carving pumpkins, enjoying pumpkin soup, and even receives a special invitation to a friend’s costume party. But as nighttime draws near, little readers are reassured as the girl puts away her costume, her candy, and–most importantly!–any spooky thoughts of ghosts or witches, and drifts off to sleep with sweet dreams.

Please let me know what you think of our new additions on our Facebook page. I’d love to hear from you!

Happy reading!

Kristen Johnson