Parent-Created Big Books

Students read together from a parent-created big book in the 1980s.

Whenever parents offer their time and talents to students, a message is embedded within. The message is: you are important, your education can be fun and exciting, we believe in you, and we believe in your school.

Does a handmade book created by parents make reading even more fun? Does it deepen the students’ understanding that their education is extremely important? Does it promote a feeling of being valued? Clearly, the answer to all is “Yes!” How powerful for children to see, touch, and know that their parents are an integral part of the school community.

—Deborah Hodge, LREI 4th Grade Teacher