Written by: Liz Garton Scanlon
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
Consider the cover with your child before opening the book. Ask something like, “Look, who do you see? Where are the boy and girl? What do you think they are watching?” This can help get you in the habit of making a connection between the child and the book before you begin reading. If your child is very young, point to the elements on the cover and tell him/her about what you see by saying, "Look! There is a little boy and girl. They look like they are looking at the clouds in the sky. They are outside and the boy is holding a bucket." It is helpful to set the scene for your child before diving into the story.
As You Read
Add movement and gestures to your reading! This adds to the non-verbal communication between you and your child, and keeps the book fun and engaging. Data tells us that one of the most important factors for getting kids excited about reading is the excitement of the grownup reader. For example, when you read “All the world is you and me,” be sure to point to yourself and your little one!
Help your child point to unfamiliar or interesting illustrations. Tell him/her the word for the object and encourage your child to repeat it back or associate the sound with the object. Say things like, “Look, it’s a mommy! Can you say ‘mommy’?” or “I see a big tree with children climbing on it. Do you spy the children too? Where are they?” For children who are already verbal, try asking simple questions like, “What is this [while pointing to a truck or other simple object]?” Or, “What is the family doing?” Make sure to get excited and applause when your child engages with you and the book! After you have read the book several times, try waiting at the end of a phrase to see if your child remembers the final rhyming word or phrase.
Always ask questions about the book after you finish! Questions might include:
Show me your favorite picture.
Did you like the story?
Do you love your mommy/daddy just like the little boy and girl in the picture? Show me how much!
Regardless of level of understanding, it’s helpful to encourage them to think about what they have just experienced with you.
Activity: Sharing Family and Friends Photos
Reread the book and when you come to a new person in the story, remind your child who it is. Say, “Look, it’s an auntie! You have an auntie,” and then show your child photos of his/her own family and close family friends or other community members. If your child has a sibling, show pictures of the two of them together, next to the siblings in this story. Help make the connection between the family and friends shown in the story and your own family and friends!
If you're looking to start a conversation with your child about the Earth and what it's made up of, try some of these cool, hands-on activities with your child! You can use paint and paper plates to create the earth or make a balloon earth and teach your child ways to help our planet!
Check This Out
Take a look at this interview with the illustrator of All the World, Marla Frazee, and learn why she enjoys illustrating children's books and what made her want to work on this particular story.