Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Daily Muse: Everything's Big in Big Books!

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I realize that Kindles, Nooks and iPads are quickly making paper books extinct, but I still love the feel of a real book!  I especially love the Big Books for children.  Many of these books already exist for popular children's songs.  There are also other stories that naturally have rhyme and rhythm and can be adapted to song.  The Big Books are so nice for working with kids.  They really grab their attention and the pictures and words are easier to see.  When I bring in big hand drums, for example, the biggest tubano or gathering drum is always the most popular. 

Amazon has many of these Big Books or what they call "Books with Holes" which are die cut books, usually for reinforcing counting skills. You can find a link to all the Amazon Big Books here. Have fun browsing and let me know which ones are your favorite!

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