Posts Tagged ‘reading aloud with preschoolers’

Parent Reading Resources: Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox

June 15, 2010

This month I plan to post resources to help parents as they try to raise a reader.  Perhaps through the resources I share, you’ll find something to help you engage your child in reading over the summer (and beyond!).

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever is another **must have**  resource for parents.  Mem Fox, a renowned Australian author, begins the book with an anecdote about her own daughter.  When her daughter begins kindergarten, she learns from her teacher that she can in fact already read.  “How?” asks Fox.  The answer: from the time she was born until she set foot in kindergarten, Fox read aloud to her.  That was all it took.  This is a powerful anecdote to say the least; but one that I hold personally true, because my son began kindergarten the same way.  Of course, this is not to say that if you read aloud to your child every day from the time they are born until they step foot in kindergarten that they will be reading by kindergarten.  All children learn differently and learning to read is developmental.  Reading aloud to your child provides an amazing advantage for your child and certainly prepares him/her to become a reader.  Don’t be discouraged if your child begins kindergarten and is not a reader yet.  It will come in time.

In Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, Fox explains that babies are born learners.  She discusses the importance of books in the home and stresses the value of a read-aloud ritual – all topics you’ve likely seen in posts here!

While Fox does include a chapter on how to read aloud, which may be helpful to some parents, she does not include age-appropriate reading lists for parents.  For this reason alone, I would likely pair Reading Magic with Jim Trelease’s, The Read Aloud Handbook.

Still, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever is another great resource that will serve parents well as they work to raise readers in their home.

©2010 by Dawn Little for Literacy Toolbox. All Rights Reserved.  All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

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Hooray for Mo Willems!! Reading with Your Preschooler

February 18, 2010

My preschooler loves Mo Willems books.  So does my seven year old.  Heck, who am I kidding?  I do, too!  If you aren’t familiar with Mo Willems, he is a six time Emmy winning former writer for Sesame Street.  If that isn’t enough, he is also an awesome writer and illustrator of children’s books.  His books are so fun to read aloud!  His most famous characters are The Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant and Piggie.  His newest character is Cat.  We are looking forward to reading Cat the Cat, Who Is That? and Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! (Cat the Cat) Both came out on Tuesday.  In the meantime, today, I’ll share three of our favorites:

Watch Me Throw the Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Elephant (Gerald) and Piggie are best friends.  Elephant wants to throw Piggie’s ball because he thinks he’s a great thrower.  Piggie wants Elephant to have fun.  A great lesson in whether it’s more important to be good at something or to have fun with it!

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards))
A tale of a little girl, her daddy, and her stuffed bunny.  A day at the Laundromat culminates in her first words with a little adventure along the way.  A day in the life of a preschooler!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
The Pigeon is just like your typical preschooler.  In this book, it is the reader’s job to get the Pigeon to go to bed.  But, like any preschooler, the Pigeon tries everything to stay up.  Until suddenly, there is a yawn.  Will the Pigeon stay up late?

More Mo:

If you are looking for a little theater for your children check out Big Wooden Horse’s Pigeon Party show.  It features highlights from three of Mo’s Pigeon books.

If you are in the DC area in May, check out Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at the Kennedy Center!

What is your child’s favorite Mo Willems’ book?

©2010 by Dawn Little for Literacy Toolbox. All Rights Reserved.  All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

Ten Tips for Reading Aloud with Your Preschooler

February 2, 2010

This month, I plan to post about “Reading with Preschoolers.”  To begin, I’ve provided “Ten Tips for Reading Aloud with Your Preschooler”:

  1. Read to your child every day. Choose a specific time and/or spot. Make it special.
  2. Make it fun! Act out the text or animate your voice for the characters and events in the story.
  3. Read wordless picture books with your children. Create a story for your child based on what is happening on each page. If your child is old enough, ask your child to “read” the story to you.
  4. Tell your child stories from your childhood. This weaves in your family history, and your child will appreciate hearing about your youth.
  5. Read a fairy tale to your child and have him/her act out the parts of the story. This is especially fun if you have dress-up clothes foryour child to wear.
  6. Read to your child’s interests. If your child likes cars and trucks, read aloud books about cars and trucks. If your child likes princesses, read aloud books about princesses. Books read aloud don’t always have to be fiction, choose some nonfiction pieces, too. Talk to your child about the difference between fiction and nonfiction texts.
  7. Read poetry aloud. Poetry is often a neglected genre, but can help your child learn to feel the rhythm of a text.
  8. Read stories with predictable texts. This will get your child interested in the story, and he/she will learn to figure out what comes next. This is an important stage in literacy development.
  9. Create a special area for your child’s books in the house. A cozy corner just for him/her will encourage your child to enjoy reading.
  10. Let your child choose his/her own books when at the library or book store. Even if they aren’t of the highest quality or at your child’s reading level, you are sending the message that his/her choices are important.

Wordless Picture Books

Pancakes for Breakfast by Tommy dePaola

10 Minutes to Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann

Truck by Donald Crews

A Boy, a Dog, a Frog, and a Friend (Boy, Dog, Frog) by Mercer Mayer

Fairy Tales

Fairy Tale Classics ETR Collection (Easy-To-Read Collection) by Harriet Ziefert

Poetry

Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young Edited by Jack Prelutsky

Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein

Poetry Speaks to Children (Book & CD) (Read & Hear) edited by Elise Paschen

The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry edited by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson

Predictable Texts

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: 40th Anniversary Edition (Brown Bear and Friends) by Bill Martin, Jr.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Book& CD) by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

What favorites do you and your preschooler read aloud?  Do you have any other suggestions for ways to engage preschoolers in literacy?

©2010 by Dawn Little for Literacy Toolbox. All Rights Reserved.  All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.