WNY Family Magazine September 2018 - Page 26

PICK OF THE LITERATURE — by Dr. Donna Phillips S eptember is the month of ambivalence. We are ex- cited about school start- ing yet we are sad to see sum- mer go. We are never sure how to dress… will the weather be overly warm or chilly? Is it go- ing to rain? Will we manage to get the cars and the house ready for the winter to come? Can we fit in one more quick getaway or will the school and fall sports schedules get in the way? One thing is for sure, the rela- tive calm of the waning summer is about to get a bit crazy. Early to bed… early to rise… homework… practice… and a routine. How do we transition? Books can help, of course! And there is a new batch just in time! Your youngest may appreciate a book to get them started even if they are not actually off to school this year. A fun interactive book like Get Ready for Pre- K (Scholastic, New York, 2018, $8.99) will help them get ready for learning with the rest of the family. The pen and wipe-able pages will encourage your child to play and practice writing skills, develop hand-eye coor- dination, play with math, and establish a foundation of reading skills. It is a colorful and fun way for you to engage your child in language and learning, as you discuss the pages and share the pen to demonstrate and then encourage them to try it on their own. Learning starts at home and, as you know, you are your child’s first teacher. Hello School (Nancy Paulsen Books, New York, 2018, $16.99), writ- ten and illustrated by Priscilla Burris, is the book for a young child getting ready for their first year at school. This sweet little book takes us on a journey though the activities of the first day. The simple 26 WNY Family September 2018 story — with highlighted page titles like School Starts, Everything is New, A Place for Everything, It’s Circle Time and on through the day — gives us a good idea of what school will be like. Punctu- ated by illustrations of young children with speech bubbles, it gives us a great opportuni