Notes from Story Time Category: Print Motivation

Read and Repeat!

Choosing excitingBark, George books or songs that repeat words is an easy way to keep a child’s interest. In a favorite story with repeating words, your child will know to expect them and look forward to saying (or shouting) them with you!

–Tip by Amy M., Youth Programming Assistant

Repeat After Me

Print motivation is the enjoyment of books and reading. The book Night, Circus by Mark Corcoran repeats the phrase, “’Night,” so that the narrator can say goodnight to every member of the circus. While reading this book, have your child say “’Night” to all the members of the circus. This will help your child stay involved in the book and is a way to support print motivation.
–Tip by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

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

It’s Party Time!

Spot's Birthday PartyDevelop children’s print motivation by getting them excited about books. Through your enthusiasm and storytelling, children will be motivated to discover books with you and on their own. Have fun exploring Spot’s Birthday Party by Eric Hill with its entertaining flaps and playful pictures.

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison