Melissa Martin publishes early literacy picture book: “Those Are Not My Underpants”
Melissa Martin, Appalachian author, counselor and columnist, has a new children’s picture book, These are not my underwear. It helps babies, toddlers and toddlers with early literacy.
“The development of language and literacy skills begins at birth through daily romantic interactions, such as sharing books, telling stories, singing songs and talking to each other,” according to the Zero to Three website.
The early phase, before children are conventional readers, is called the early literacy phase, according to eleverreaders.org.
The foundation for literacy skills is established before children enter school. The home is the first place of learning and communication.
Martin’s new picture book makes kids laugh. Why? Because kids love to laugh at underwear stories, she says. Children wear underwear 365 days a year. Underwear stories are funny. One idea is for parents to use stuffed animals or puppets while they read These are not my underwear. Use creative voices for the characters in the story, she says. Laugh with your kids as you read.
The book is illustrated by Troy Cummings.
The Story: One morning, Bear Cub wakes up to find underwear hanging from a tree branch. Who could they belong to? Always curious, he sets out on a quest through the forest to find the rightful owner of the little whites. Could the briefs belong to Squirrel? Momentum? Snake, maybe? Salmon?! Every animal denies that the bloomers are theirs, but readers will surely be laughing every step of the way … especially when they find out who the underwear really belongs to. It is published by Random House Books for young readers.
Parents and readers can find the picture book, These are not my underwear! at their local Kentucky libraries or bookstores.
Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an author, columnist, fellow of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and children’s educator and therapist. Contact her at [email protected]