Picture books often have lots of rhythm and rhyme, which help children hear the sounds of language. This gives children a good foundation for distinguishing sounds in reading.
To get in a rhyming mood, do this fun fingerplay together before reading a favorite dog-related picture book.
Five little puppies were playing in the sun. (Hold up hand, fingers extended.) This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run. (Bend first finger.) This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race. (Bend second finger.) This one saw a pussycat, and he began to chase. (Bend third finger.) This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round & round. (Bend fourth finger.) This one was so quiet, he never made a sound. (Bend thumb.)
We all know it is good to read to children, but why is it important and at what age should you start?
Reading aloud to children is important because even well before children can recognize printed words or letters, reading aloud teaches children that printed words have meaning. It also shows the correct way to hold a book, which way to turn the pages, and which direction to read the words. All these skills will set a child up for learning to read.
When should you start reading aloud? It is never to early to start! Even young babies will benefit from hearing caregivers read. Establishing a routine of reading, such as a couple books before bed, will help make regular reading a part of the daily routine.
What to read? Whatever you or your child likes! With very young children, shorter books and books with repetitive language are good choices. Here are some of our favorites:
As children get older, they begin to exhibit preferences for certain reading topics. Getting children involved in selecting books will create more excitement when it is time to read.
Preschoolers love to be part of the story. Pausing to ask for predictions, pausing to ask how characters feel in the book, or questioning why a character made a certain choice are all ways to get kids engaged in the story.
For more tips on how to make reading interactive, check out this website from Amanda Morgan, an early childhood educator and consultant.
StoryWalk® is a deconstructed picture book spread out along a path where you will find signs with pages of a book, each with fun activities to do together with children. As you stroll along the path, you’re directed to the next page in the story. StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson and developed with the help of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Vermont. We hope it encourages a love of reading, some physical activity, and a way to spend time together.
September 3-10: Sycamore Trails Park: Salsa by Jorge Argueta
September 11-18: Aspen Trails Park: Salsa by Jorge Argueta
September 16-23: 400-500 block of South Can-Dota Avenue: Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin
Stay tuned for future locations for the Neighborhood Storywalk®.
Your friends Elephant and Piggie have missed you. Watch Miss Laura’s fun storytime in celebration of Pig Day and then don’t forget to check out some of your favorite Elephant and Piggie titles from the Library.