Welcome teachers, parents, and reading enthusiasts! I’m Meika, a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom who has a passion for high quality children’s books. In my career as an educator, I have been a preschool teacher, Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher, and a reading specialist for grades K-3. No matter which grade I found myself teaching, my favorite part of the school day was always my read-alouds. A carefully chosen read-aloud can teach a child so much and open up their mind to a whole new world of ideas (cue Aladdin song), so I diligently planned my read-alouds just as thoughtfully as I would plan a math or science lesson. As an educator of young children who were just beginning to navigate their place in a social world and see beyond their own ego-centrism, I also wanted to use my read-alouds as an opportunity to teach them important social skills, such as making friends, treating others respectfully, and regulating their big emotions.
I hope I can be a resource for parents and teachers who are looking for ways to enrich their children’s learning through read-alouds. When I was a teacher, my students’ parents often asked me how they could support their children’s reading skills at home, so in addition to book recommendations, I will also include some suggestions for how you can foster stronger literacy skills with the right support and guiding questions. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I do!