KIDS & LITERACY

“The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading.”
~ Mem Fox, Reading Magic


Do you have fond memories of being read to as a child—curling up with an adult and sharing the adventures found within the pages of a favorite book? One of the most vital and treasured gifts you can give your child is a love of books. With every reading of a story, thousands of connections in the brain are created and strengthened. The building blocks of early literacy skills (what children know about reading and writing before they learn to read and write) are established. When kindergarteners and first graders are read to from birth, they enter school feeling familiar and comfortable with the printed word. Books already are their good friends.

But have you ever wandered through the sea of books in the children’s area of a library or bookstore and wondered: Where do I begin? How do I choose the best books for my child? Which ones are most appropriate for her? What will he enjoy?

One of my favorite tasks as a children’s librarian with an early literacy specialty is to help parents find age appropriate books and share them with their young children. Here are a few favorite tips and book recommendations. Grab a child, a book, cuddle up, and have fun!

Books for Babies
Books for Toddlers Books for Preschoolers

 

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Books for Toddlers (18 months to 3 yrs.)

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Books for Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5 years)

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Visit your local library or bookstore. Ask the staff for additional recommendations.

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