Title: Lola Reads to Leo
Author: Anna McQuinn
Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
Publisher: Charlesbridge, Feb 1, 2012
Suitable For: 3 and up
Theme/Topics: New sibling, books and reading, brother - sister relationships,
Opening: Lola's day always ends with a story. Tonight's story is about a little girl and her new baby brother.
Book Summary: Lola reads storybooks to her new baby brother, Leo, and even though Mommy and Daddy are busy, they still have time to read to Lola.
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Activity ideas: Word finds using words from the story, children can brainstorm kinds of stories Lola can read to Leo when he is at the park, eating lunch, crying for his mama, etc. Children can talk about their favorite book to read.
Why I Like this Book: A sweet and endearing tale of a little girl who welcomes her little baby brother by share her love of storybooks with him. Lola gets ready to welcome her brother by reading books to him, before he is born, she sorts through her books to give to her brother while Daddy makes new shelves for the baby. When he is born, Lola loves to read to her baby brother as he goes about his day being taken cared of by his parents. But even though he keeps them busy, Lola's parents make sure they have time for Lola as well. Children will see that Lola takes part in the care of her baby brother, parents will see just how important and satisfying it is for younger children to help and be included in the care-taking of their new siblings. In the story, it shows Lola spending quality time with mommy and daddy alone as well as the family all together. The end is so sweet and reassuring for children, no matter how busy parents can get when a new baby arrives, they are not too busy to end the day with a story.