Experts agree that reading early and reading often are critical in developing a lifelong love of reading. Make reading something to look forward to every day. Try using the following tips which will offer a fun, interactive way for you to help your child become a happy, confident reader.
- Read every day in a warm comfortable place. Make it your together time.
- Play games naming things, “where’s the dog in the story, “what does a dog say?”
- Build your child's comprehension skills. Talk about the story and ask questions.
- Use your fun, expressive voice when reading.
- Go ahead and read their favorite book over and over again.
- Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with them.
- Stop to talk about a new word on a page that your child may not know.
- Know when to stop. Put the book away if your child loses interest.
New Picture Books for Preschoolers
Chloe, Instead by Micah Player
She was hoping for a little sister just like her, but what Molly got was Chloe instead. Chloe doesn't color with crayons, she eats them. She doesn't read books, she rips them. Just as Molly is at her wits end, she begins to realize that maybe having a little sister isn't so bad after all, even if that little sister is Chloe.
Little Lost Cowboy by Simon Puttock
Cowboy Coyote goes out for a walk in the desert when he gets lost. He stops to ask moon, snake, tree, and bird for directions. He follows their advice but gets bumped, scratched, and very wet along the way. He’s tired and sore and still hasn’t found his mommy or his way home. It’s when he meets toad, who gives him his best advice of all, that his luck changes.
When Blue Met Egg by Lindsay Ward
Blue wakes one winter morning to find a snowball in her nest that she mistakes for an egg. She promptly places Egg in a pail and sets off to look for its mother. Along the way, Blue and Egg have many exciting adventures and become fast friends. As the weather grows warmer, Blue discovers that her friend begins to change and becomes something rather unexpected and special.
Zorro Gets an Outfit by Carter Goodrich
Mr. Bud and Zorro are going about their daily routines, getting ready for their walk. That is, until Zorro is forced to wear... AN OUTFIT! He's humiliated. He's embarrassed. He doesn't want to leave the house. But when Mr. Bud and Zorro meet another dog with an outfit -- who's fast and cool and does amazing tricks -- Zorro begins to rethink his stance on clothing.