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Pre-reading skills. How to Choose Read Aloud Books: Babies to Third Graders. It’s never too early to start reading to young children. Babies and toddlers are listeners, building their vocabulary before they can even talk. Read alouds for preschoolers Preschoolers are aquiring language skills quickly. They enjoy the sound of language — even nonsensical words — and a good laugh; after all, they’re developing a sense of humor! What to look for in choosing books for preschoolers: Bright, big illustrations. Simple stories with basic plots. See some of our favorite read alouds for preschoolers > Read alouds for kindergarteners Kindergarteners — they're growing up, and so is their taste in books. What to look for in choosing books for kindergarteners: Titles that explore kid interests, expand horizons, and offer exposure to different kinds of writing.

See some of our favorite read alouds for kindergarteners > Read alouds for first graders First grade is when many children begin to read independently. What to look for in choosing books for first graders: Selecting Books for Young Children - Ready to Succeed. Books are an excellent resource for children. They can introduce children to different people and places, expand their word vocabulary, stimulate their curiosity and imagination, and encourage their intellectual growth. Books also provide a means for special and enjoyable moments between adults and children. The following tips may be helpful when selecting books for young children: Infants and Toddlers Babies can enjoy picture books about objects in their world.

Preschoolers Preschoolers enjoy books that have a lot of actions, pictures and repetitions, and stories about themselves or other children their age. Real life stories (fire engines, animals, weather, bulldozers, seasons, tractors, etc.)Stories about what animals really do and what people think animals mean by their sounds (e.g., "Cut-cut-cut-ca-daw-cut! Additional Resource Books for Selecting Books Many resources can help you make informed choices for quality literature. Reading Rockets - Resources For Preschool Teachers and Childcare Providers. NAEYC - National Association for the Education of Young Children. FACE - About. How does early literacy support academic success? Early exposure to literature is essential for promoting school readiness. Children who are read to routinely and who are immersed in rich talk about books and other engaging activities will thrive. Early literacy skills are indicative of later academic success, and the better a child's early literacy skills, the better equipped he or she is to learn upon entering school.

How does family engagement support academic success? When families are actively involved in their children's learning, children arrive at school ready to engage and succeed. How does increasing a child's access to books support academic success? The mere presence of books in the home profoundly impacts a child's academic achievement. How do expanded learning opportunities support academic success? Expanded learning opportunities, including after-school, before-school, summer school, and Saturday programs offer more opportunities to keep students on task.

Centre for Family Literacy - Resources. Flit – Our Free Family Literacy App Android and iOS Early interactions with your children, like sharing books, talking, singing, or playing, help lay the foundation for early language and literacy – essential skills for success. Parents will find specially tailored and curated activities ranging from reading, recipes, rhymes and games specifically designed to build strong reading, writing and literacy skills in their child, and have FUN doing it!

Watch a video demo of the app! Go to Google Play for more information or to download Go to iTunes for more information or to download Family Literacy and Health! Printable Booklet (pdf) (double-sided, 4 sheets) Family Literacy Tip Sheets Alberta Prairie C.O.W. Literacy Begins at Home Brochure (pdf) Canadian Language & Literacy Research Network - Handbook of Language and Literacy Development: A Roadmap from 0 to 60 Months National Literacy Trust - Talk to Your Baby and other resources for parents and caregivers.

CCBC Booklists. National Literacy Trust UK - Early Years Booklists. Great Read Alouds for Kids: Babies to Grade 3. How do you choose what to read aloud to your child? The first thing to ask yourself is simply: Do I like it? Then consider if you’re comfortable with the content. Is there something that you may want to omit or that you’d rather not tackle with your child? Children seem to know instinctively when an adult really likes something or if they’re just faking it. Sometimes children respond differently to a book than the adults who try to share it. A book that the adult thinks is fantastic may get a ho-hum or downright negative response from the listener or sometimes the reverse is true, too.

That’s OK; children have tastes, though sometimes they’re just not ready for a particular book. You might want to keep in mind that if a book resounds with the child, chances are you’ll wind up reading it frequently. Speaking of wearing well, do you like the sounds of the words you’re reading? Is there something for listeners to grab hold of? Early Literacy - Edmonton Public Library. Toronto Public Library - Early Reading Support. This is an area of concern for most parents, since there are many children's books published each year, and it's easy to feel intimidated by the wide range of titles available. Look for books that reflect your child's interests, and abilities. When choosing books for younger children, select books that you like as well, since you may have to read them over and over again!

Choosing books that are too easy may be boring for your child and she will quickly lose interest. Choosing books that are too advanced will put your child off because they are too difficult to understand but remember that even young children may be able to understand more than they can verbalize. Choosing Books for Babies (0 - 18 months) Babies like books with pictures of familiar objects, and with a strong rhythm and rich language sounds. Choosing Books for Toddlers (19 months - 3 years) Toddlers like predictability and repetition. Choosing Books for Preschoolers (3 - 5 years old) Preschoolers like to be involved.