I found a quiet moment this week amidst the glitter glue and construction paper to create two books with Kid in Story Book Maker. I wanted to surprise my kids with their very own books inspired by “The I Love You Book” by one of our favorite author’s, Todd Parr.
A good strategy for creating your own storybooks that your kids will love is to use their favorite children’s literature for inspiration. Inserting their own images into the pages also helps endear them to the story.
An added bonus for my oldest daughter with a speech and language delay is the use of repetition to reinforce the narrative. She has mastered the skill of reading Todd Parr’s lovely book, much of which transfers easily to her Kid in Story version. Of course, I modified the story, which makes it more challenging – yet the familiar rhythm helps to support her as we expand the storytelling experience. Together, the story’s patterns and our family photos make it fun and engaging for my daughter- avoiding the dreaded frustration she feels when learning to read something totally unfamiliar.
Here are a few screenshots from my version of Todd Parr’s “The I Love You Book.”
It was a memorable morning being able to share the stories with the girls all cuddled up in bed. I know that after Valentine’s Day is over and the chocolate hearts are eaten, they will have a keepsake to refer to in the days and years to come.
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at LocoMotive Labs.