Monday, October 20, 2008

Raising Itty-Bitty Bookworms

I was recently happy to find out I'd won two beautiful hardcover books from The Itty Bitty Bookworm. Their website and online store, created by four experienced educators, specializes in literature-based preschool curriculum. They also feature pages of free resources such as print-outs and activity ideas! Their blog is full of ideas and fun contests.

I won a copy of "Fire! Fire!" said Mrs. McGuire and The Busy Little Squirrel. I was a little worried Suzi wouldn't sit still for them, but when I opened the books I realized they were perfect for her: Colorful illustrations, not too many words, repetition and rhyming. Suzi went from mid-tantrum to happy when I sat down and read to her. (For her to sit and listen to me read, as seen in the picture above, is a refreshing change.) We definitely have a couple of new favorites!

I am bookmarking the Itty Bitty Bookworm curriculum for future consideration. I had wanted to get Before Five in a Row, but it doesn't begin until two years old and the Itty Bitty Bookworm Bailey Curriculum starts at 18 months! Suzi is already a little sponge, and I don't want to wait until she's two.

Thanks Itty Bitty Bookworm!

P.S. The contest is over, winner contacted, and prize on its way. My next contest will begin one week from today on October 27th! It's Bloggy Giveaways Carnival time!