There are six early literacy skills your child needs to learn to become ready to read. Here I have selected five of my favorite storytime books to illustrate the six skills how and you can encourage each skill at home.
Letter Knowledge – Miss Spider’s ABC by David Kirk
This is a beautiful ABC book to help your child learn to recognize the letters and words that begin with those sounds. When reading this book, point out the words that all start with the same letter or see if your child can identify the letter based on the picture.
Vocabulary – Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson
This is a great book for building vocabulary with your little ones. Share Mouse’s wonderment as he experiences everything in spring for the first time. When he asks, “What can it be?” let your child supply the answer. Mouse’s First Spring now also comes in a board book which is great for developing print awareness with your babies and toddlers; they can learn how to handle the book without destroying the pages.
Narrative Skills – If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
A young boy sets off a chain of events when he gives a mouse a cookie in this classic book. You can practice narrative skills with your children by having them anticipate what’s going to come next in the story.
Print Motivation – Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Print motivation is the love of books we want to instill in children. The sing-songy Pete the Cat books are great for this. When I took Rocking In My School Shoes to a preschool, the kids enjoyed it so much they were making up their own words to the song. You can encourage a love of books with your children by reading their favorites over and over again.
Phonological Awareness – 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines
This isn’t just a book for counting to ten, it also makes your child aware of the sounds in the rhyming words at the end of each verse. You can encourage your child to come up with other words with similar sounds.
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