Children and Books: Begin the Connection Early!
Adults often think that children learn about reading in the primary grades. But the truth is that many children already know a great deal about reading when they enter kindergarten because they have been read to from the time they were born! Children who become good readers are those who have had many positive experiences with books during their early years, and the adults who care for them can impart an invaluable gift by reading to--and with--children during their earliest years.
Following is a list of some of the many good books available for young children. If possible, take time out to visit your public library for additional guidance in choosing books that will interest your children.
Books to prop up for very young babies to look at--babies can look at books as they are interested
Baby Animals, by K. Warabe. (Tokyo: FlipFlop Books by Froebel-Kan, 1997). This is a zig zag book which is easily propped up in a crib or on the floor near baby. Each page has a bright, bold picture of an animal.
My toys, by D. Bruna. (New York: Methuens, 1980). Also a zig zag book, the pictures are simple, with bright colors and lots of contrast.
Rhyming verses and songs (appropriate for infants from 5 to 6 months and older)--Babies delight in familiar rhymes and songs, especially when combined with playful activities.
The baby’s lap book, by K. Chorao. (New York: Dutton, 1997). Rhymes and verses to read while baby is on your lap.
Time for bed, by M. Fox. (Orlando, FL: Harcourt Brace, 1997).
Cardboard, cloth and vinyl books--sturdy enough for mouthing and thorough exploration!
Good night, sleep tight! Shhh...., by G. Fujikawa. (New York: Random House, 1990). A Chunky Shape Book (cardboard) with simple text.
At home, by S. Tucker. (New York: Simon & Shuster, 1990). A cardboard book that shows one bright picture per page, including an apple, a crib, a cup, and a high chair.
Zoo animals, pets, and field animals, by V. Greeley.(New York: Harper & Row, 1984). Cardboard book with beautiful illustrations.
Reprinted with the permission of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. © 2008 NAEYC
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