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Wiggle Waggle

Wiggle WagglePhonological awareness involves being able to break words down into parts. In Wiggle Waggle by Jonathan London, you’ll have fun with onomatopoeia—the name for words (many times silly ones) that sound like what they describe—like CLOMP or BOING! You may stretch the sounds in some of these words, or say them quickly!

–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant

Lift-the-flap Fun

Opposnakes

Getting kids excited about books and reading is the focus of the early literacy skill called print motivation. With the fun flaps featured in Opposnakes by Salina Yoon, children can guess the opposites while having fun opening the flaps. Don’t forget to read it again and again as children love repetition, and they will learn the storyline and “read” it back to YOU!

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

Shape Up!

ShapesYoung children learn through their senses, and they learn best by doing. When children are learning to read, it is helpful to recognize letters and be able to tell the difference between them. Younger children will start by learning the difference between shapes. One way to help children do this is by moving their arms and bodies into shapes and letters. While doing this, you can also talk about the differences between shapes, or sounds, in the case of letters.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

Too Tall HousesIn this story, Rabbit and Owl have a problem. Let’s find out what the problem is and if they are able to solve it.

Children enjoy talking about what they have read. It is a good way to engage them in conversation and for them to remember the story they have read. Ask your child questions before, during, and after reading. The ability to retell a story is an important skill to learn before going to school.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

Dragon’s Extraordinary Egg by Debi Gliori

Dragon's Extraordinary EggOne way to build vocabulary is to introduce new words prior to reading a book with those words. It can be as simple as saying the word and explaining what it means before opening the book. This is a great way to increase your child’s vocabulary since children are more likely to remember certain words if they are used, heard, and spoken more than once. Before reading this book, talk about the title and what the word “extraordinary” means.

–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant