Reading is so important for kids. I started reading to Noah when he was in my tummy. After he was born, I made sure I read him a lot of books every day. He also had a couple stories before bedtime. I really think that helped foster his love for reading now. There are so many children’s books out there. It can be difficult to pick out books for your children. You have to find something that is age appropriate that will hold their attention and that isn’t too long. I like books with different characters because it’s fun to give them their own voices and personalities while you read. It makes it more fun.
I had the opportunity to check out a book called Quackers Wants to Fly by Susan Wolff and illustrated by Justin Currie. Quackers Wants to Fly is the first book in the Friends at the Pond series. Susan wrote Quackers Wants to Fly to inspire children to want to spread their wings and want to try new things. Quackers is a very determined duck who has trouble learning to fly. He meets friends along the way who help him on his journey. You will go on an adventure with Quackers and his friends Gertrude the Goose, Dena the Dragonfly, Ollie the Owl and Clementine the Duck.
My favorite friend is Clementine, although they are all really great. I love that they learn together and inspire each other to keep going. It also teaches patience, fun and friendship. I love the illustrations and the story is really cute. My niece is two and she would love Quackers Wants to Fly. She is so funny because she acts surprised about everything. I can’t wait to read it to her soon. I know she will say, what’s that? It’s a duck or a dragonfly or even a goose. She may even make the animal noises! I think it would be a great book for Noah to read to her.
Noah and I enjoyed reading it together too. I really like stories where there is a lesson or you learn something. Quackers Wants to Fly encourages children to never give up and to keep trying. If you keep trying those difficult things eventually you will be able to do it. It also teaches that it's ok to be different and it celebrates differences. I recommend Quackers Wants to Fly to anyone with small children as a great bedtime story. It's also an easy read so it would be a great book to learn to read.
For more information and to purchase please visit the Friends at the Pond Website.