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Bedtime stories are still key to boosting literacy skills

Bedtime stories are still key to boosting literacy skills

“In an increasingly technological world, old-fashioned bedtime stories are still among the best ways to bolster a child's reading skills, say literacy experts.” Great reasons for establishing a family reading time, keeping it separate and special. And once family reading time is set, there are many great ways to build on the good you are doing. Something as simple as following the words on the page with your finger as you read, and as exotic as building a family tree.

The 2014 Bell Picture Book Awards!

Bell Picture Book Awards

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) has created an award for high-quality picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children. Books have been selected in each of five categories: books that promote reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing. These are all ways that parents can share literacy with their children
 

Find out more about the award on the web at: http://www.clel.org/content/bell-awards

Best of the First Readers

Theodore Deisel Award

The Geisel Award is given to the best books for those kids just starting to read on their own, sometimes called “First Readers”, “Step Readers”, or “Emergent Readers”. These are books with lots of pictures, simple words, and few words on a page. Most of us know of these from some of Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) books such as “Hop on Pop” and “The Foot Book”. This year’s winners were announced in January. See this year’s winners at:
http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/geiselaward
 

Wordless (or nearly so) Books That Help Your Kid Read

Spirit of the Wild

How can a book without words help your child learn to read? By giving him/her a chance to practice the words he/she knows, learn new words that are related to those, and understand how stories are put together. It isn’t just how many words your child hears, it is also how many he/she says. Where do you find these books? Some are picture books. Some are comic books. Some are photography books. Ask your local librarian for help, and here are three to start with:

Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor

Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor

“by the age of 3, children born into low-income families heard roughly 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers.”

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