Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle is a great kids book which most kids have come across in their lives.  There’s really no plot to the book but it does a good job associating animals and colors.  I used to read this book to my daughter every night.  I’ll never forget the first time I read the book to her and I came across a Macaroni Penguin.

Macaroni Penguin?  Did I read that right?  Did it really say Macaroni or was it some other word i was mispronouncing?  No, it said Macaroni.  WTF is a Macaroni Penguin I thought to myself?

So of course I had to look up what it was and sure enough, it was real.  It’s really refreshing to think of how much information out there is still yet to discover.  I love how we can learn so much even from simple children’s books that don’t even have a plot.  For most people, reading aloud normally stops somewhere in elementary school.  It’s really nice to be able to do this again.  Reading builds confidence and it’s a great way to practice for speaking to groups, too.  So no matter how simple the book is reading aloud can help you just as much as the child.

Here’s some good information on reading aloud:

What are different things that you learned from reading to a child?  Has it helped your confidence in your professional world?

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