How did I miss this guy? Bob Shea is my new favorite author and now that I’ve found him, he’s showing up all over the place. He has a funny clip going around on Facebook and one of my favorite kidlit bloggers, Jules of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, not only wrote about him this weekend but hosted a session with him at The Southern Festival of Books.
Katherine checked out Oh, Daddy! from the school library on Friday leading to a weekend full of Bob Shea fun. I had passed on Shea’s books like Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and Dinosaur vs. the Potty thinking they would be too young for the girls. Turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong. The stories are just the right type of funny for Katherine and they are Read Together Books!
Each time I read (and there were many requests for ‘One more time!’), Katherine became more familiar with the repetitive lines in the story and after a few readings she was taking over the parts that became ‘hers.’ And with each reading, more and more parts became ‘hers.’ Now she asks to read Oh, Daddy! all by herself. While she still can’t tackle all the text, as is often the case with Read Together Books, her understanding of many of the words multiplied significantly with each reading and she has a great sense of accomplishment.