Reading List

Language and literacy and reading, and reading aloud; this is the most important thing I teach in my preschool class, and my fellow blogger, a college English professor, has it nailed. In his own words regarding books, “they connect us as people”. I’ll bet he reads aloud to his students! It doesn’t matter if it’s preschool or college; growing readers and learning begins with good books. This is not only a testament to reading, but a list of his favorite books. Please read this terrific blog. I wish I had been a fly on the wall at his speech!

charles french words reading and writing

I had the good fortune this week of delivering a talk at the Muhlenberg College Board of Associates Meeting on the topic of Great Books.  I spoke with the audience for about 20-25 minutes about what I consider to be great books and why they matter. The main argument I made about the importance of books is that they connect us as people.  I am an unreserved humanist; I believe that human beings have the power to improve themselves, that education is crucial to develop of an informed  society, and that books allow readers to experience the worlds of others.

The audience was one of professionals from many fields but very few English Literature majors; however, their interest in reading and books was heartening for me.  They wanted to hear suggestions about what books I would recommend.

In my classes, I sometimes do something I call — Chuck’s recommended readings. …

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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6 Responses to Reading List

  1. frenchc1955 says:

    Thank you for reblogging this post!

  2. frenchc1955 says:

    I have nominated you for a quotation challenge. The information is here: I hope you have fun with it.

  3. reocochran says:

    Great share, Jennie. Will try to come back and check your referral later, dear. Grandson is pulling my arm at the library! Smiles, Robin have a serene beginning to your week. Happy May Day! ❤

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