Christina Phillips-Mattson, PhD

Episode 8: Blueberries for Sal

Episode 8: Blueberries for Sal

In this episode I highlight a picture book that is the perfect read-aloud for a summertime of continued social distancing: Robert McCloskey’s classic, Blueberries for Sal.  We discuss how reading Blueberries for Sal can be a great way to help your child slowly ease into independent play, which is crucial for a child’s cognitive and social-emotional development; we talk about how this book promotes good reading comprehension by allowing child readers to practice using prior knowledge to make informed predictions; and we examine why, though it was written in 1948, this book’s depiction of women and girls isn’t so straightforwardly stereotypical, but instead shows two female characters at work and play in a way that I like, admire, and find empowering as a mother and a feminist.       Click HERE for the TRANSCRIPT, the FULL LIST OF BOOKS mentioned in this episode, and all FREE PRINTABLES.      Click HERE to join our mailing list!  Get in touch via email: Get in touch on Instagram: @exquisitelyeverafter All other information can be found in the blog post for this episode:     If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!  Happy Reading!       Exquisitely Ever After is a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids.  Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. 

Duration: 28 min

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