You’ve worked their whole lives to make readers of them, and it has paid off. Your teens are heavy into Story. You rock.
But the holidays are coming and maybe you’re fretting over what to get your kids that will continue to encourage reading and still be cool.
Because teenagers. have to be. cool.
Don’t worry, Mama. I’ve got you. I even ran these gift ideas past my own teenagers, so I know they’re teen-approved.
Everybody knows that as far as I’m concerned, there are two seasons:
Autumn. And waiting for autumn.
That’s because so many wonderful things happen in autumn. The leaves change colors. Pumpkins ripen. Apples come into season. Scarecrows pop up everywhere. Halloween brings monsters and ghosts and witches. Thanksgiving reminds us where we came from and to be grateful for where we are.
Yeah, autumn is the stuff.
With so many cool things going on, there are lots and lots of autumn picture books for your littles to enjoy. Here’s a list of some of our favorites divided by category.
Even though it’s been in the 90s lately in southern Indiana, I’m longing for a slight chill in the air, a mug of apple cider, and the short, golden days of autumn. For me, no other season compares with autumn. I love the cinnamon scent of fallen leaves, the bright colors that cover our hills, the scarecrows and Indian corn and pumpkins. I love the first day I get to cozy up in a soft sweater. I love hearing the leaves crunch under my boots when we take fall hikes in our woods. Autumn also means deer season and all the work and joy that comes with it. My favorite holiday, Halloween, comes in autumn. So when I say I have books to recommend to go with an autumn study, I mean there are A Lot of books I could recommend. I will try to behave.
In the last couple weeks, we’ve covered the 3 types of story and the elements of plot. To wrap up my series on teaching plot, let’s talk about the different types of plot that occur in stories. If you research types of plot at all, it won’t take but a minute to see that the experts disagree on just how many they are. 3, 5, 7? 36?
I think most of the 36 could be boiled down to one of 5-7 plot types, but it’s fun to look at plot with a more detailed mindset. I’ve heard it said that nothing original has been written since Shakespeare (and since so many of our current books and movies are based either on his plays or on fairy tales, I’m not saying that’s wrong).
But everyone has a different voice and a different idea of how the plot type will unfold. So even though it seems like there are a million plot lines out there, let’s take a look at how closely our favorite books fit into just a few different types of plot.