Raising Readers

Much parental hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth occurs over the extent – and type – of reading that children do. It’s a high-stakes concern, since academic proficiency is greatly aided by voluminous reading. Young bookworms almost effortlessly gain a larger vocabulary and an instinctive knack for proper grammar and spelling, not to mention all the spiritual/artistic/empathetic/etc. benefits of literature.



Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions


Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

Margaret Musgrove, text

Leo and Diane Dillon, illustrations

Dial Books, 1976 (now available: Picture Puffin Books)

28 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: Africa, folklore, traditions, rituals, family life, alphabet books, geography

Also by these illustrators: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears; The People Could Fly – The Picture Book; Who’s in Rabbit’s House: A Masai Tale; Pish, Posh Said Hieronymus Bosch


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