As educators, you are acutely aware of the importance of reading to children. Not only does it make children lovers and readers of books, but it encourages lively discussion about new vocabulary and activities.

Each of you knows that children are much smarter than we think. Every day for them is a series of firsts. They’re learning new things, seeing new things and tasting new things. They have definite opinions (and don’t we all know that!) about what and whom they like.

Vocabulary for kids is an ongoing process of addition to their little brains. If you live in Maine, you teach your kids to say Maine. Pretty simple, huh? If you live in Saskatchewan, you teach your kids to say Saskatchewan. As everyday learners, they don’t know that Saskatchewan is harder to say than Maine.

A word is a word. They simply learn to say it. Red can be red, roja, scarlet or crimson. They’re all different words for the same color. Don’t get carried away by trying to explain the theory of relativity but, at the same time, don’t limit the words you use because you think they’re too advanced. Give kids the credit they deserve.

Some kids like trains, planes and automobiles, one might like rhyming and another may prefer a book that is illustrated in a particular style or color. Almost all children love rhyme, rhythm and repetition.

All the books from Pie in the Sky Publishing bring something exceptional to the table, encouraging lively discussion, laughter and interaction during reading. The illustrations inspire questions like, “Can you kiss a fish?” (Hug a Bug) or “Can you really deposit your money in a snow bank?” (Never Eat Cabbage on Thursday) or “What is a jalopy anyway and how does it get floppy?” (And Dance with the Orange Cow).

Hug a Bug and Never Eat Cabbage on Thursday are also set to music. Singing along is an added learning component.

A Dog Book is designed to be interactive. First, can a dog really loose his bark? Next, in the process of looking, Dog and Bird look under a variety of places. Each time the listener hears, “under,” he/she in encouraged to remind them to DUCK! When we hear, DUCK! you just gotta quack. All of this leads to great fun in the classroom and students want to read this book over and over again.

Chester Crumbleberry is illustrated in one continuous mural. Most of the story is told in pictures. Ask students where they think Chester is going on his morning walk. Show them that when he picks a friend to go with him, he actually picks a flower. Examining the illustrations each time you read brings new sights and more questions and answers.

The Knight the Moon and the Stars Got Stuck is for a slightly older audience. Although many students are reading chapter books, using this picture book to learn about homophones and their use in telling stories is a perfect way to introduce students to another dimension in storytelling.

I Rode a Bike and Rhoda Rhode Island, is a coming soon iBook. It’s a geography lesson set to music filled with plays on words. The student watches as the arrow arcs to each destination abound the globe. There is a link at each location with information about that particular site. Visit our website often to see if it’s up or better yet, register for updates from Pie in the Sky Publishing.

When selecting books for reads aloud, Pie in the Sky books make preparation easy. Each page prompts questions, fun and loads of interaction. With your help, reading these books and engaging your students, will help them gain the skills needed to become strong comprehenders of literature and powerful speakers.

Books from Pie in the Sky Publishing are Recommended and Highly Recommended by Denver Public Schools. (Published on Denver Public School’s Educational Resources Review Database)