The book Wednesday by Anne Bertier takes two basic shapes—a circle and a square—and shows how they can be moved around and divided to form other shapes and pictures. Playing with shapes is one way to help your child become better at identifying key differences in the way letters look.
–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator
Nonfiction (or true) books are a great way to introduce unfamiliar words to children, thus increasing their vocabulary. These books often use different words than picture books. There are nonfiction books on hundreds of topics and at varying reading levels, so let your child choose a few that interest her and will keep her excited about books. Even just looking at the pictures and talking about what you see will benefit your child’s growing vocabulary. Ask a Youth staff member to help find nonfiction books the next time you’re at the Library!
–Tip by Dana F., Youth Services Assistant Department Head
In Spots in a Box by Helen Ward writing is important to the story. Be sure to point out the writing as you read it to emphasize that you are reading the text, not the pictures. This helps your child gain print awareness, one of the early literacy skills that will help your child learn to read later on.
–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Librarian
Noisy words are a fun way to build phonological awareness, or being able to hear different sounds in words. Teaching children that the cow says “moo,” the pig says “oink,” and so on not only teaches your child about animals, but also about sounds that words can make. This will help them later when they are learning to read.
–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison
The hilarious picture book The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort repeats a lot of the same words. Stories and songs with repeating parts allow your child to more easily retell the things that happened in them, which increases narrative skills. In this book, we see different animals go onto the bus. After reading this book, can you tell why the LAST animal on the bus causes everyone to get off?
–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant