Referencing off of our first post, these are some books where we can find some usage of Dickinson’s principles.

  1. I Can Do Anything! – by Natalie Shaw
    • Keeping it positive. Affirmative phrases like “you did it!”, “good lion!”, and “Olivia knew that she could do anything if she believed in herself” are all positive expressions. When children learn through positive expression, they have an open window to ask questions and broaden their conversational skills.
    • Words are learned when meanings are made clear. The occupations mentioned in the story are all accompanied by pictures that are easily explainable/comprehensible to a child (depending on age).
    • Vocabulary and grammar are learned together. All of the sentences in the story are properly structured. With flawless syntax, grammar, and vocabulary, children are better able to identify and properly place parts of speech.
  2. Big Dog and Little Dog Make a Mistake – by Dav Pilkey
    • Children need to hear many words and often. Each page starts off with “Big dog…little dog” which familiarizes children with words through repetition.
    • Children learn words when they are interested. The story is about dogs, which for many children, are exciting animals to talk about.
    • Vocabulary and grammar are learned together. This story, too, has proper sentence structure that will stick with children and help them develop their own sentences.
  3. Let’s Play! – by Herve Tullet
    • Children learn words when they are interested. This story’s pages are filled with color and lines to keep children entertained. They must follow this line on their adventure through the book.
    • Children learn best when adults are responsive to them. The story provides a great opportunity for interaction. Since the story has directions that children need to follow, a parent may need to guide them through it. This is a great way for children to learn since they can share joint focus.
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