Do your children love to read? Because my older child is an avid reader, his little sister is following in his footsteps. I've partnered with Disney Book Group to share all about a new Mo Willems book they'll love and have a free printable reading reward chart to share with you.
Having children has been one of the most fascinating experiences of my life. Watching my almost 7-year-old develop his personality and grow has been amazing. He is just like his dad in so many ways, especially when it comes to his love of reading. My husband is an eternal student, always reading to learn how to become the best he can be. He started reading to our son when he was just a baby and has probably read thousands of books with him. Now, it’s our son who’s doing the reading. Because he's such a bookworm, his almost 4-year-old little sister has developed a love of reading too and I think this may be one of the greatest gifts he'll ever give her; even if she doesn't know it yet.
It's not uncommon for me to come into a room and find them sitting together quietly while he reads to her. He's been "reading" to her even before he could actually read. I'd find him sitting next to her crib showing her pictures and making up stories or trying to echo a storyline he'd heard earlier. Books have always been a huge part of his childhood and because of that, they're a huge part of hers.
Recently, Disney Book Group sent us the newest Mo Willems book and my son couldn't wait to dive into the story. Because tells the tale of a little girl who is forever changed by just one experience. I've always been enthralled with the cause and effect relationships that can happen when something unexpected occurs and Because beautifully illustrates the concept. The storyline is absolutely lovely, although it's not the usual humorous book you might expect from New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems.
My kids loved the story and the vibrant illustrations from Amber Ren. They were engaged the entire length of the book and I could see the light bulb moments for my son when he realized the chain of events that led to the end of the story.
Because is suitable for children ages 3 - 5-year-olds, but my 6-year-old thoroughly enjoyed it and found it easy to read aloud to his sister. There were a few words that I needed to help him with, but he knew most of the words otherwise.
Free printable reading reward chart
If you'd like to encourage your child's love of reading, I've created a free printable reading reward chart for you. I printed one of these for each of my kids and let them choose their reward for reading at least one book per day during the month.
You can keep track by using stickers, coloring in the circles, or simply writing the number of books they read per day.
Click HERE to download and print the free printable reading reward chart
I hope you find this printable reading reward chart useful! Be sure to get your copy of Because to kick off your child's reading log!
Thank you to Disney Book Group for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own.