Children learn to think symbolically through pretend play. Read NOT A BOX by Antoinette Portis, then find a cardboard box and decide what your “not-a-box” should be. What a fun way to develop early literacy skills!
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RYHMING DUST BUNNIES by Jan Thomas introduces a rhyming game that you can play in the car or at the store. Hearing and saying rhymes help children break words into parts; a skill children need in order to read.
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Books with rhyming, repetitive texts like BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Bill Martin, Jr. invite children to join in to tell the story. These types of books help children develop many essential literacy skills. You’ll find them at our ECRR display this month.
Find BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Bill Martin, Jr. in the Library's Catalog and check it out today.
Reading alphabet books with interactive letter tracing will help your child develop essential letter recognition. Try the toy book
A IS FOR APPLE, from the series SMART KIDS TRACE-AND-FLIP for great alphabet fun!
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Singing regularly with your child is great for reading readiness. Singing gives practice to hearing different parts of words which is an essential skill in learning to read. For fun, sing the picture book MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB by Mary Ann Hoberman and add your own new verses.
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Whether you read it or sing it, Simms Taback’s There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly will get your child excited about books. Children who enjoy reading are more likely to excel at learning to read.
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Telling stories builds children’s narrative skills. It’s good to begin with retelling familiar tales, using a book’s pictures as a guide. The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney provides a wonderful opportunity for storytelling. You’ll find more of these excellent books in our ECRR display this month.
Find The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney in the Library's Catalog.
Having background knowledge about the world expands vocabulary and increases comprehension when children learn to read. Check out our math and science books such as You Can’t Taste a Pickle with Your Ear to explore the five senses.
Find by You Can’t Taste a Pickle with Your Ear by Harriet Ziefert in the Library's Catalog.
Preschoolers need to recognize both uppercase and lowercase letters. Try reading or singing Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. for some alphabet fun!
Find Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. in the Library's Catalog.
Fingerplays help children develop small motor skills which are needed for writing. Learn some new ones with the music CD Wiggle and Whirl by Sue Schnitzer.
Books that encourage movement and play are sure to engage children and make reading fun. The book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen has plenty of opportunities for dramatic play. Characters go through long wavy grass, a deep cold river, thick oozy mud, and more.
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Reading books that include different words than those we use in conversation is one of the ways to help your child with reading readiness. Knowing a variety of words and their meanings will provide a solid foundation for reading. The Skippyjon Jones series is sure to entertain your child while teaching new vocabulary.
Find SKIPPYJON JONES by Judith Byron Schachner in the Library's Catalog.
Sharing wordless books with your child encourages the development of pre-reading skills like storytelling. Being able to describe things and events and tell stories is essential to being a successful reader. Check out the book A Ball for Daisy by Christopher Raschka and many other wordless books in our ECRR display this month at the library.
Find A BALL FOR DAISY by Christopher Raschka in the Library's Catalog
Reading and singing can go together with books such as The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort which can be sung to “The Wheels on the Bus.” Remember that young children learn through repetition.
Alphabet books such as Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming tie in well with writing. After reading, you could create your own alphabet book with drawings or magazine pictures.
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Debora Guarino is a great book to share with your child. You can use it to start a conversation about mother and baby animals.