by Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano
Consider a small child sitting on his mother’s lap while she reads him a picture book. The picture book opens to a width that effectively places the child at the center of a closed circle – that of mother’s body, arms, and the picture book… That circle, so private and intimate, is a place apart form the demands and stresses of daily life, a sanctuary in and from which the child can explore the many worlds offered in picture books. Despite all of our society’s technological advances, it still just takes one child, one book, and one reader, to create this unique space, to work this everyday magic.
― Martha V. Parravano
Perhaps there’s nothing more important than raising a family who loves books and reading. Sure children read in school, but the foundation starts at home. Reading at home shouldn’t be an afterthought or a burden, instead it should be a joy to spread the love of reading to last a lifetime. Being in the classroom, I know which students have reading support at home. Normally, reading thirty to sixty minutes, depending upon the age, is homework each night. In my opinion, it shouldn’t be homework. Reading at home should be enjoyed so much that you have to tell your child to turn the book light off and go to sleep. Of course, it takes work to raise a family of readers.
A Family of Readers is just one book from the many books that promote family reading. It states in the jacket: A Family of Readers is a book for readers, people who need books as much as food or air. The editors are from The Horn Book Magazine, which publishes information about books for children and young adults. The book is divided into four sections: reading to them, reading with them, reading on their own, and leaving them alone. I like this book, because it provides many book examples and brief descriptions for each category. The bibliography provides the books and additional reading resources.
This week I showed bookworms with books, pictures, and poems. Today I’m going to view a bookworm as most people think – a book lover. How do you know if you’re a bookworm? I made a list of possible bookworm traits. You don’t have to have each trait. Leave comments for additional bookworm characteristics.goodreads) 31. You remember quotes and passages from your favorite books. 32. You compare individuals to characters in your book. 33. You have an endless supply of bookmarks and battery replacements for book lights. 34. You’re not afraid to laugh or cry while reading. 35. You read the book that made you laugh or cry again. 36. You spread the word to everyone to read a book. 37. You take literary trips that connect to your book. (Blog post about a children’s literature tour in New York, abroad a train for Agatha Christie’s Orient Express, visit Forks, Washington, for Twilight, explore Concord, Massachusetts, for Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, or even visit Hogwarts at Universal Studios) 38. You cook dishes similar to foods in books. (Blog that relates books and food) 39. You try skills and hobbies as characters in books. 40. You’re sadden when bookstores and libraries close. 41. You have difficulties picking just one favorite book. 42. You know that reading will never die, even with more e-readers and technology. 43. You feel bad for those who don’t enjoy a good book. 44. You wish you could talk to the author after finishing a book. 45. You attend book signings and author discussions. 46. You know that reading is your ticket to anywhere your heart desires.
Calico Cat Meets Bookworm
written & illustrated by Donald Charles
Ages 4-6, 31 pages
This is the story about Calico Cat who has nothing to do until he meets Bookworm who introduces the wonder of books and the library. The book explores different stories that Calico Cat enjoys, such as stars, sailing ships, far away lands, clowns, and trains. Bookworm explains all those stories and more can be found at the library. Calico Cat Meets Bookworm was published in 1978, so people may not be aware of this book. My copy from the library was in the main stacks that wasn’t checked out often. I think this is a shame, because it’s a simple book that gets to the heart of books and reading. The last page gives a check list how to use the library: I know where the easy books are kept. I am quiet and orderly. I handle books with care. I know how to borrow and return books. You’ll probably have to buy this book through an outside seller, such as on ebay or half priced books. Cross your fingers that your library has the book.
by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynn Sweat
Ages 5 – 7, 63 pages
The Amelia Bedelia book series describes a housekeeper who takes everything too literal and gets herself into mix-ups. In this book, Amelia Bedelia volunteered at the library but not everything went according to plan. She misheard the librarian and thought all the children received a bookmark, but actually the librarian stated: “Here’s your book, Mark.” She helped children with book reports and created bookmarks, but she got herself in trouble when she stole the bookmobile. I thought this was a delightful read and excites children about using the library and reading books. Besides, who doesn’t want to be a bookworm?
“Excuse me,” said a girl. “I need some help, too. I am looking for a thesaurus.” “The Saurus?” said Amelia Bedelia. “What kind of dinosaur is that?” “I’m not sure,” said the girl. “Is a thesaurus a dinosaur? My teacher said I needed one to do my report.” “Gee,” said Amelia Bedelia, “you are way too late. Every Saurus died millions of years ago.” “What am I going to do now?” said the girl.
– Herman Parish (Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm)
BookwormIf I were just a bookworm,
then I’d spend my time on pages
reading all the printed words
by humorists and sages. I’d take my nap upon the stacks and rest upon a letter,
and just the closeness of the words
would make me feel much better. When I’d awake, wide-eyed, refreshed with all the rest I need, I’d slither off straight down the page because I love to read. – Denise Rodgers
Bookworms nibble what they should not.
But though we think the bookworm’s rude,
books to him are thoughts for food.
– David L. Harrison (Bugs)
I enjoy looking at the popular search engine terms that lead others to view my blog. The overwhelming search result during the past week related to bookworms. I only wrote one post that relates to a bookworm. So, I thought I’d provide additional books and information about bookworms. Today, I’m providing fun bookworm pictures and coloring pages to use. I’m also providing scientific information, prevention, and how to remove bookworms.
Bookworm Coloring Pages:
Scientific Information about bookworm insects:
How to Prevent & Kill Bookworms:
So fellow bookworms, find a delicious book to eat.
I am a bookworm. For play, I bury myself in the corners of libraries and read.”
– Robert Littell
I thought of the word ‘bookworm’ with affection. I mean worms aren’t very harmful and tag along the word book and it should be cute. I was curious about the word’s origin. Well, the exact origin wasn’t clear but I thought the results were interesting. Normally, when definitions are given in a dictionary the first entry is most commonly used followed by other definitions. It was the order that I thought was funny. Bookworm is basically used in two definitions: a reader and an insect that feeds off book paste.
Webster’s New World College Dictionary:
- any of a number of insects or insect larvae that harm books by feeding on the binding, paste, etc.
- a person who spends much time reading or studying
American Heritage Dictionary:
- One who spends much time reading or studying.
- Any of various insects, especially booklice and silverfish, that infest books and feed on the paste in the bindings.
I am a bookworm. For play, I bury myself in the corners of libraries and read.
– Robert Littell