I read all sorts of books aloud during the day. I often read picture books as a way to introduce a topic, to point out something we can use in our writing, or for pure enjoyment. I read poetry books to allow our ears to notice and enjoy the beautiful language and to prepare us for writing our own poems. I read informational books when we are doing research about a particular topic, or if a question pops up that needs answering. I also usually have a chapter book going. This is often our most anticipated part of day - the children can relax on their pillows and let the words wash over them. Picture books are lovely, but it is also important for us to use our own imaginations to conjure up images.
Ask your child if they can remember all of Josh McBroom's eleven children: "WillJillHesterChesterPeterPollyTimTomMaryLarryand LittleClarinda!"