Get Ready to Read
Pre-reading skills, or early literacy, can be developed from the time babies can begin to hold an object! Parents and caregivers are a child’s first teacher.
Babies can learn to recognize the beginning of a book (front cover), how to turn a page, and begin to distinguish images from words on a page using Board Books.
Teach your child how to hold a book and turn the pages.
Point to words and follow with your finger as you read aloud.
As a child gets older, expose them to different types of printed material (books, magazines, menus, packaging).
Teach the printed alphabet and numbers. “ABC/123 books” are a separate collection in the picture book section.
Once a child begins to recognize basic words, the “Easy Reader” collection is the place to look for books to begin to read. These books have a controlled vocabulary to allow beginning readers to build word sound skills and increase sight word recognition.
Most importantly for getting a young child ready to read is that you talk to them, to develop language skills, and read to and with them as much as possible. Young children model what the adults in the world around them are doing and appear to value. Make time for books and reading!