Charlie Parker Played Be Bop

Posted by Kathy Lappin on 2/25/2016

Charlie Parker played be bop, Charlie Parker played saxophone, the music sounded like be bop, never leave your cat alone. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I have read Charlie Parker Played Be Bop over 1,000 times. My daughter loved that story for about a year and she would have me read it over and over again and each time she asked I would oblige. I could recite the whole story from memory. Naturally, when you read a story that many times you just remember it after a while. Charlie Parker Played Be Bop is a fun story that uses rhythm and sing songy word choices to make it fun to listen to. Children love stories that have rhyme or rhythmic verses and as an adult they tend to be enjoyable to read. Another fun one that comes in a board book, therefore, many people buy it for babies is Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?. Yes, the book is certainly silly and it will have you buzzing, mooing and cock-a-doodling, but if you can't be goofy with little ones, then when can you? Another good one is Hand Hand Fingers Thumb by Al Perkins. This story adds a beat to make the words more memorable and fun. The story has monkeys using their hands to beat on various drums. All children will find themselves pounding on something to match the rhythm of the rhyme. "Rings on fingers. Rings on thumb. Drum drum, Drum drum, Drum drum drum."  That use of drumming adds a useful kinesthetic clue that will help children to remember it. Children start to learn to read by memorizing, and this book is well-written to assist in that process. My children and I will sometimes simply recite it together while putting on winter gear or while waiting in traffic. If your kids grow up having these fun, warm memories of literature, studies have found time and again that those children grow up to equate books with love. If you want your child to enjoy reading and to love books, these early fun books and family time with books will surely help with that. If you are reading this then you most likely have a child at our school. It is an important family activity to read together from tiny babies and all through elementary school -and even beyond.