It is a well-known fact that reading to children, at home and in early childhood programs, is one the best ways to help children develop their literacy skills. While reading is important, which books are the best at each stage of childhood?
Choosing the Best Books
All children’s books are not equal in terms of their ability to develop literacy. However, a book does not need to be an award winner in order to be a great resource for literacy growth. In fact what makes a good book can be as simple as how much it is enjoyed by the child reading it.
Besides being an enjoyable text, here are some of the other traits to look for if you are choosing a book to develop literacy skills. Look for a book that provides:
- Colorful, bright pictures that engage the child reading it
- Rhyme and repetition through nursery rhymes, poetry and songs
- Topics of interest like animals, transportation and favorite characters
- Seasonal texts for holidays and special times of the year
- Pictures without words
The following titles are great choices for children from ages 0 to 5:
- The Itsy Bitsy Spider
- Five Little Monkeys
- The Wheels on the Bus
For children from birth to 18 months you’ll need to choose books that are made of durable material. Since young children enjoy exploring their sense of touch, board and fabric books are some of the best options for this age group.
You’ll also want to choose books for babies and toddlers that offer:
- Age appropriate language
- Short sentences
- Daily life activities
Lift the flap books are also a wonderful opportunity for literacy development. These fun books offer children lots of time for fun and engaging activities where they can talk and describe the actions taking place.
Some fantastic examples of books for infants and toddlers include:
- Where’s Spot?
- Pat the Bunny
- Where Is Baby’s Belly Button?
For older toddlers between the ages of 19 and 36 months, looks for books that offer more text on each page. As children get older they are beginning to understand and enjoy basic stories. They continue to love repetition and rhyme as this type of text makes prediction and memorization much easier. Older toddlers also enjoy silly books that make them laugh and simple problems that need to be solved. Books for this age group should include children, families and animals. Besides lift the flap books, these children become more ready for books about specific topics like letters, shapes and colors.
Some wonderful book choices for this age group are:
- Little Blue Truck
- Hippos Go Berserk!
- Peek-A Who?
Preschoolers from ages 3 to 5 are ready for books that offer more words and longer sentences. They enjoy books that tell complete stories with characters and simple problems. They also like books about kids their age going about daily routines of the day. They become more and more interested in books that show why things happen and how they work. Search and find books along with classic folk and fairy tales are also great for preschoolers.
For preschoolers consider these titles:
- The Giving Tree
- Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
- The Night Before Preschool
Contact Kindergarten Prep Child Care today at 972-396-0099 to learn more the childhood programs we offer in Plano Tx. Our friendly representatives will be happy to talk to you about helping your child develop the necessary literacy skills to get a head start on reading.
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