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Because We Love Children

Picture Books as Friends

on August 12, 2012

I said goodbye to some sweet friends last week. Twelve of them were preschoolers. Do you have or have you ever had preschoolers in your life? They are the most fun, amazing, precious little people. They are excited about the whole wide world! If you have preschoolers in your life, consider yourself most blessed.

I taught  those preschoolers for a few short weeks this summer. Too soon, we had to say, “So long.” Summer session is over at our school. I’ll be going back to work with elementary aged children, who are also delightful to teach and to be around.

But the preschoolers weren’t the only ones I was sad to say goodbye to. I brought suitcase loads of picture books to school. Some of the books are permanent residents of my house. Some are guests from the library. I believe kids need to get their hands on good books…lots of them! If you have  children at home, I hope you have books, books, all around.

I don’t have room or money to give a home to every book I love. So many of the books pay a visit to our home for a few weeks. Both of  my own kids are past preschool. So picture books come to visit  less frequently than they used to. After summer school ended , I took the suitcase full of the week’s picture books from the library and said a fond goodbye…until the next time I get to teach those wondrous preschoolers.

But the time will come when I’ll teach the preschoolers once more. And out will come the picture books…like dear friends, we’ll take back up right where we left off, in the land of possibility.

Stay tuned in the days to come. Before picture books get moved too far back in my mind, I would like to share some of my favorite picture books, authors, and illustrators.

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