Fairy princesses, lamentation, and story cubes

Source: storycubes.com

Source: storycubes.com

Welcome to this week's recommendations!

In Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age, Jason Boog collected stacks of books and apps that parents can use with kids. He started a newsletter to share one new book, one new app and one new craft every week, and every other week our co-founder, Jordan, contributes her recommendations. Here is this week's post from Jason!

Book of the Week

This week, I read Ian Falconer’s Olivia and the Fairy Princesses at my daughter’s preschool. It is a fantastic book, introducing kids to independent thinking, modern dance and the work of dancer Martha Graham.

In a funny sequence of illustrations, the main character reenacts Graham’s famous dance, “Lamentation.” The kids loved acting out this powerful dance as I read, discovering that dance is more than just ballerinas and fairy princesses.


App of the Week

When I finished reading the book, we turned to YouTube.

With a little help from an adult, kids can explore the work of Martha Graham on the video-sharing site. I showed the preschool class a video of “Lamentation,” complete with a Martha Graham interview.

Anytime the child in your life loves a book, you should check YouTube for interesting videos related to the story. It is a great chance to illustrate the constructive uses of Internet research and expand the reading experience.


Craft of the Week

You can amplify your next storytime with Rory's Story Cubes, a set of nine dice with simple illustrations printed on the sides. My daughter and I took turns rolling the dice and telling a story using the randomly selected pictures.

These story cubes will help anyone from three-year-olds to dads tell better stories. I love the feel of real dice in my hands, but you can also try the app version of the story cubes.

When you tell a particularly good story with the dice, you can make a picture or even a book to save the story forever...

FULL DISCLOSURE: Simon & Schuster published both "Born Reading" and "Olivia and the Fairy Princesses."