Baby - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Second Grade
Most children from birth to seven years old don't read completely independently, but if they've been read to a lot, they know a thing or two about reading. They have emergent literacy skills — important building blocks toward the day when they'll read independently.
Emergent Literacy Skills:
· Pictures should be right-side up.
· Reading is done from left to right.
· They know books are read from front to back.
· Words have different sounds in them.
· There are familiar and unfamiliar words.
· Stories have a beginning, a middle, and ending.
To encourage further development of these skills, just keep reading aloud.
By choosing different books to read aloud you will build your emergent reader’s vocabulary, as well as understand how stories are structured and what characters do in them. Your child also will learn that:
· Letters in a specific order form a word.
· There are spaces between words.
· Text is words written down.
Understanding these basic concepts will help when children start formal reading instruction in school, as well as move to independent reading.
Peek-A Who? Board book by Nina Laden is a book sure to delight young readers as they try to guess who--or what--is peeking through the window
Where Is Baby's Pumpkin? (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books) by Karen Katz. As baby searches throughout the house for her pumpkin Baby finds many other surprises as a ghost, a witch's hat, cute-as-a-button bats, and candy apples are found beneath each flap.
Five Little Pumpkins (Harper Growing Tree) by Dan Yaccarino “Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late.” Children will want to chant along with this popular rhyme again and again.
Fisher Price Little People Halloween is Here! (Lift-the-Flap) by Fisher-Price(TM) Halloween has more than 40 flaps of fun and surprises.
Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin (Oversized Board Book) by Tad Hills. Feathered friends find a big, beautiful pumpkin in this sturdy, large-sized board book.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams and Megan Lloyd. “Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . CLOMP, CLOMP, SHAKE, SHAKE, CLAP, CLAP…”a fun read for all.