Wednesday, November 16, 2011

An Open Letter To Anna Dewdney

Dear Ms. Dewdney,

I. Love. Llama Llama.

I was given a copy of Llama Llama Red Pajama at my baby shower. At the time, I thought the book was cute, but had no idea just how huge a presence you and your characters were to have in my life. As a mother to the smartest 17 month old ever, I now have all of your books memorized. If there is ever a Llama Llama emergency, I am your girl and can launch into a mean oral storytelling at a moments notice. Just something to keep in the back of your mind.


Llama Llama Misses Mama is the text that helped my little Mini feel better when Mama had to go to work. I'm telling you, she's making text to self connections already and if that doesn't blow your mind...girlfriend also recognizes your picture and says "Doo-ney!" every time.

Quick question- do you think you could crank out another Llama Llama book? While I LOVE what you've done, I have to admit that reading them one more time might drive me to drink more than I already do.

However, I'm not just writing to tell you that I would throw my arms around you if I ever met you in person. (Which I would.). I'm writing to ask if you want a partnership. Anna...can I call you Anna? Anna, we need to get more parents to read regularly to, with and in front of their children. The most common complaint I get from early childhood teachers is that their students come in with very little language and have limited schema to help them understand new books. Reading does not seem to be a valued part of their home lives. Now I know people are busy and lives are complicated but, can I be honest with you here? Sharing books with my Mini has been one of the greatest joys of my life. Watching her language take off, her eyes light up at a favorite character and having her grab my hand to read in our favorite chair makes my heart sing with nerdy pride.

We need to spread the word. How easy it is. How wonderful it is. How it can change so much.

Thanks for your time and for little Llama,
Mimi

8 comments:

Rebecca said...

I must get this book. Baby B is all over Peek-a-Who and Moo Baa La La La right now, but we need to mix it up for my sake. :) I love reading to her even though she is only 2 months old. She totally loves it. I am amazed that 2 month olds can even pay attention that long. It breaks my heart when I see a kindergarten student who doesn't even know how to hold a book right side up!

Mrs. S. said...

You've gotta check out Sandra Boyton, too! I love me some Green Hat, Blue Hat...as did my son (now aged 22 and counting). The animals exercising, but not the hippopatomus...you just gotta read her, too! Awesome, awesome! :)

Melly<><

Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

Mrs. Orsini said...

Anna Dewdney must have read your mind (and mine) because there are two llama llama board books coming out right after the holidays...llama llama wakey-wake and llama llama nighty night! Amazon Pre-order, love it almost as much as Barnesy.

Mimi said...

Rebecca - They are genius!! I LOVE that you LOVE reading to Baby B - she's a lucky girl.

Mrs. Orsini- Done and done! Thanks for the heads up. Counting the days...

Stu said...

I apologize in advance for all the links here...but Reading Aloud is a topic very close to my heart. I built my career on it...gave presentations...

Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook, is my hero (http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/)

You want to promote reading aloud to parents of your students: Go here: http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/brochures.html

Trelease has brochures suitable for printing...and totally free.

And in school, reading aloud is more beneficial than standardized tests or worksheets. It is more important than homework or flashcards. It is the single most important thing a parent can do to help their children become better readers. It is the single most important thing teachers can do to help their children become better readers.

"You may have tangible wealth untold. / Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. / Richer than I you can never be – / I had a mother who read to me."
— Strickland Gillilan

http://bloom-at.blogspot.com/2011/06/fathers-day-reminder-read-aloud-to-your.html

Unknown said...

I haven't read it, but my little girl has. I'll have to check it out over the Thanksgiving break.

Laskmy said...

I completely agree with you, I find myself thinking the same and absolutely joyful when I'm reading a book over and over to the little ones I love. I wish more families read to their children and for themselves. It would make all the difference in the world.
Love your work!

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