One of the six early literacy skills we teach at the library is “using books.” The technical term is “print awareness,” which just means children are aware of how to read a book and the parts of a book. Today, we will focus on the outside of the book.
- When you first pick up a book to read with your child, talk about the front cover and back cover. Ask prediction questions:
- “What do you think this book is about?”
- “Who do you think that little boy is?”
- “What do you think that baby is doing?”
- “Why is that dog doing that?”
- Point out the title. Point to the letters in the title.
- Show your child the author’s name. Describe what the author and illustrator do.
- Use words like cover, illustrator, author, title, spine, etc. Let your child hear those words so he can become familiar with them.
- Give your child the book, but hand it to them upside-down. See if they turn it the correct direction. Use your finger, or use your child’s finger, to point to the different objects, shapes, or letters on the cover.
Reading books together is important at an early age so your child can learn to appreciate the stories before they get to school. Knowing the parts of a book can help your child development a better appreciation for those books.