"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo
As a working mom with a 3rd grader and a preschooler, I have had to read this quote several times to remind myself of why the 20 minute reading goal or 5 Accelerated Reader points needed by the end of the month is attainable and a great gift to give kids.
“Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do with children. Reading aloud builds many important foundational skills, introduces vocabulary, provides a model of fluent, expressive reading, and helps children recognize what reading for pleasure is all about.” According to Reading Rockets.
Choosing the Right Books
So how do you choose books that kids will like and stay focused on when reading aloud?
Babies & Toddlers
- Bright and colorful with simple objects and pictures.
- Board books and books they can easily manipulate.
- Start introducing colors, shapes, letters, etc.
- Simple short stories.
- Rhyming (such as Dr. Seuss and Mother Goose).
- Interactive/Activity books to encourage exploration.
- Start to pick titles exploring their interests and likes.
- Sequential stories that culminate to a particular ending are exciting .
- May start exploring more non-fiction to help understand their surrounding and world.
One thing to consider at any age is how interesting will the book be for your child and are there fun illustrations and topics to keep their attention and to help you as the reader stay engaged and pursue further dialogue.
For more information on early childhood development and resources contact Audrey Rider.