Print Awareness: Using Books

Parents and caregivers make the difference by just modeling the importance of reading, surrounding children with books, and engaging in the learning process. By doing these simple things, children have a better chance at succeeding in school and throughout each aspect of their lives. For the next couple of weeks, we will be posting the six literacy skills and strategies you can use to practice each skill at home with your family.

Today’s topic is PRINT AWARENESS, or using books:

  • Read aloud everyday! Take turns reading each page.
  • Find a series of favorite author that will keep your child reading.
  • Read different types of books like nonfiction, poetry, biographies, etc.
  • Point out the parts of a book to your child.

Choosing a favorite book, series, or author will keep your child excited about reading constantly. If it’s an author who continues to add to a popular series, make sure you ask your librarian about getting your name on the holds list so your child will be one of the first to read it as soon as it comes out. Participate in book-themed programs at the library. Join a parent/child book club. It’s also important to read the same book as your child–you’ll be able to discuss the characters and storyline together. This gives your child the attention, bonding and communication he needs and can help reading seem relevant to his life.

For some great reads, check out these books:

We are in a Book! by Mo Willems
Press Here by Herve Tullet
Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter
The Foggy Foggy Forest by Nick Sharatt
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

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