When I was in elementary school my teacher, Miss Rice, read to the class every day after lunch. In third grade, I fell in love with a mouse when she shared, what I now consider to be a children's classic book, The Mouse and The Motorcycle . It was that point that I was truly hooked into becoming a reader.
Too often, adults feel that only young children should be read to, but I disagree. I think that it is essential to read together with your child; even after they have successfully learned how. Why? Well, for many reason, but mainly because it helps children learn how read for pleasure.
Many children learn to read, but they do not develop a love for reading. In order to become lifelong readers, they must be given the opportunity to discover the gratification and pleasure books bring into our lives. By reading to your child, you are not only modeling the desired behavior, but more importantly you are sharing a wonderful experience with your child.
This week I have chosen to highlight books with mice as the main characters. They are often the underdogs that save the day or they make an incredible discovery about themselves and the world they live in. I hope that you find something that you enjoy.
The Mouse and The Motorcycle  by Beverly Cleary [Book 1]
Tiny Ralph S. Mouse lives in a mouse hole in Room 215 of the Mountain View Inn. Life becomes downright thrilling when Keith and his family stop at the inn for a few days, and Keith lets Ralph ride his toy motorcycle. A heartwarming story of responsibility and trust.
The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden [Book 1]
After Chester, a cricket, arrives in the Times Square subway station, he takes up residence in a newsstand. Between escapades in New York City, Chester and four new friends manage to bring success to the almost bankrupt newsstand.
Christopher Mouse: The Tale of A Small Traveler  by William Wise
Born in an ordinary wire cage, he endures various young owners who range from bad to worse before narrowly escaping death by taxidermy. His adventures continue in the Metropolitan Museum of Art as he encounters a large cat in the Egyptian room. Throughout his journeys, Christopher proves an adventurer of the most intrepid sort-and a budding poet as well. With the delightful feel of a lost (and found) classic, this is the story of an extraordinary mouse who, through strong will and good luck, finds his own small way in a very large world.
This is a beautifully illustrated novel about a mouse, Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a New Orleans, Louisiana, plantation in 1821.
Ragweed  by Avi [Book 1]
Ragweed, a young country mouse, leaves his family and travels to the big city, where he finds excitement and danger and sees cats for the first time.
Young Fredle  by Cynthia Voigt
Fredle, a young mouse, cast out of his home, faces dangers and predators outside, makes some important discoveries and allies, and learns the meaning of freedom as he struggles to return home.