A Whole Book Approach to Reading Picture Books with Children

“Children, Children, What Do You See?”: A Whole Book Approach to Reading Picture Books with Children

By Megan Dowd Lambert

Earlier this month I attended the Merry Maple Celebration on the Amherst Town Common with my family. As we listened to the ARMS chorus sing holiday songs, I recognized several of the young singers and many faces in the assembled crowd. This wasn’t just because I’ve lived in Amherst for more than a decade, nor because my daughter attends the middle school; my familiarity with so many gathered together was born, in part, of my work at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, where I led at least two storytimes per week for nearly a decade. My work there centered on my development and dissemination of a storytime model I call the Whole Book Approach, which is the subject of my book, Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytimes and Get Kids Talking about What They See (Charlesbridge 2015).

That festive evening in Amherst, I stood watching a group of moms take photos of their sons, now lanky twelve-year-old instead of the small boys who used to clamor for space on the rug by the chair where I sat to read picture books with them at The Carle. “I should’ve brought something to read aloud tonight!” I quipped. Read the rest of this entry »

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