Books are a great way to expand your child’s vocabulary since they use uncommon words in them. Children’s books have about 31 rare words per 1,000 words—that’s 3 times more than what’s used in conversation! But what happens when you’re reading with your child, and you come across a word you don’t know either? What a great opportunity to show your child what we do when we don’t know something! There’s the dictionary, of course, but also sometimes there are clues in the book, like pictures and synonyms, that will help you figure out what the word means. The book, A Good Day’s Fishing by James Prosek, describes things on a fishing trip, while introducing lots of new vocabulary.
–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist