Learn to read and spell with The B on Your Thumb

B on Your ThumbTHE B ON YOUR THUMB: 60 POEMS TO BOOST READING AND SPELLING, by Colette Hiller and Tor Freeman, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, Sept. 1, 2020, Hardcover, $19.99 (ages 3-8)

Learn how to read and spell through poems and humor in The B on Your Thumb, by Colette Hiller and Tor Freeman.

This is a book where words like to play,
where letters get cross when they don’t get their way.
There are sounds to make and jokes to uncover.
An owl in your bowl, for you to discover.
Meet the K on your knee, who’s ready for fun,
and don’t be alarmed by the B on your thumb!

The B on Your Thumb is a book of 60 illustrated rhymes and ditties aimed at boosting early reading. Each poem teaches a specific sound, spelling, or rule. Using rhythm and wordplay, they promote phonics awareness, thinking skills, and literacy. —Synopsis provided by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

At the beginning of The B on Your Thumb, there’s a section for grownups on how to use the book. My favorite suggestion is to “be a cherry picker.” It’s been my experience at home, that reading without pushing the “rules” makes a much more enjoyable experience for all involved.

My daughter likes flipping through and reading the poems that appeal to her. Each concept is visually expressed in such an obvious way that conversation is easy and the concepts are clear.

The poems are followed by some more guidance for parents that allow for further learning and discussion.

Both the text and illustrations in The B on Your Thumb are funny and engaging. It would be a great resource for homeschooling or as a supplement to in-person learning.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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