My proud response: YES, THE ARE! AND there are reasons I’ve written many of them with rich vocabulary and alliteration. I’m on a mission to provide parents and teachers with books that will introduce children to new uncommon words and build phonemic awareness through alliteration. These stories are meant to be read to children by the adults in their lives. Children with extensive vocabularies and strong phonemic awareness have been shown to have more academic success. My goal is to support literacy development in students through the power of stories.
Benefits to Simplicity… Rich Vocabulary Requires Effort
Presently many of today’s picture books are leveled, as such, they have been written to encourage and empower children to read independently whether it be aloud or silently. This is great as children can look through the pages, see recognizable words, and feel relaxed to attempt decoding and understanding the text. These books build independent reading confidence.
Parents fall into the trap of looking for simple books. Often parents look for a quick read at bedtime since they are more exhausted than their kids. In addition, many parents are locked into the idea that bedtime reading is a time for their child to read to them and practice the skill of decoding, hence, wisely they choose a simple book at a child’s reading level. For many parents, bedtime becomes a disengaged hurry-up read as they are preoccupied with the many things on their to-do list. I know because I fell into this trap myself when the kids were small.