Some books are for mom and dad as much as they are for the kids.
"There will be dark days and lonely nights. Press on through the darkness and keep going"
"Giant Steps to Change the World" by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis was one of those books. In fact, I think the big picture was a little over my boys' heads, but they loved the rhythm of the text and the style of the pictures and asked for the "Big Steps" book (as they called it) again and again. And though they may not fully get it, even a baby is old enough to understand the idea of learning to walk, learning to climb steps, and need to hear the message to keep trying - like others have before.
Books for Children Ages: 2 years old and older
Recommended for Family Reading: Yes
Related Discussion Topics: Famous people, learning from others, setting a good example, perseverance, accomplishment.
- Put on some music that is fun for everyone and take the biggest steps you can. How high can you lift your knees? How far can you step? (Measure the length of your steps by putting a block, ribbon, or other place marker at the spot you start, and another one at the end of the step.) Skills: gross motor, distance (pre-math)
- Have your child think of something hard for them that they would like to be able to do all by themselves (getting dressed, putting on socks, writing their name, etc.). Practice together each day until the new task is mastered.
- Take a walk and count how many steps you take. Bonus if you can find a park or other location with lots of stairs. Skills: Gross motor, counting
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book