For years, I thought that I should be reading novels more appropriate for a grown woman. For years, my own children teased me about my book selections. Now, I am content. I LOVE children's picture books and here is why:
- I can read a lot of them
- I can read them over and over
- I can share them with the kids I influence everyday
- I always learn something new
- illustrators inspire me
As I was sharing the book with my students, I was inspired that Anne Carroll Moore used a character called Nicholas Knickerbacker. She used her stuffed puppet as a social object to encourage the kids she worked with to be less shy. Her character, Nicholas, was a social object, an object that broke down barriers and encouraged interaction. The story of Miss Moore took place over 100 years ago. How inspiring. She was truly a woman ahead of her time, not only for her vision for including children in the library, but for her use of social objects!
I encourage you to go check it out. You will not be disappointed!!