I remember the days when I could introduce multiple new books to Isabelle in a given day. Now, not so much. Not only does she have her favorites, but she judges books by their covers. It’s frustrating, but I just take deep breaths and remember she is only four.
Isabelle walked into my office as I was cleaning up my desk.
“What’s dis book?” she asked holding Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! in her hand.
“Oh, that’s a great little book! I’ve been using that to help me inspire my writing. It’s called Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Would you like me to read it to you?”
She examined the cover.
“No,” she said tossing it back onto my desk.
I had a lightbulb moment. I decided it was time to push.
“Do you know who the author and illustrator are of Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!?”
“Who?” she asked.
“It’s written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by G. Brian Karas. It’s the same author and illustrator as Clever Jack Takes the Cake.” I paused. Then I tried to close the deal. “You love Clever Jack, don’t you?”
“Would you like me to read this book to you? Maybe you’ll like it since it’s the same author and illustrator of a book you love.”
“Okay. Read it to me, Mommy.”
And so I did. And oh did she laugh every time she heard the sounds the bunnies made in the garden. I think she’s sold. AND, I was reminded of the fact that I may have to use some of the old “book-selling strategies” I used to use with my students with my own child. (At least it still works!)