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Growing Your Child’s Bookshelf

By Eva Freeburn

As a mother, I am often plagued with trying the find the “right” book for my five-year-old’s ever-evolving palate. Animal books never get old as they offer tons of content with real-life photos that feed my daughter’s hungry little mind. The ‘Princess-needs-saving-by-Prince Charming’ books, however, have made it to the top of the ‘I’m-tired-of-reading-this-plot’ pile for both my daughter and me. We are both in search of a book with a new, engaging story. Oftentimes we rummage through her bookshelf in disagreement: she’s not in the mood for a story, she’d rather just look at picture books, she wants to practice reading to me or she’s tired of those books and wants something different. This is when I take inventory what we’ve been reading and decide to introduce new books. Because reading and being read to are forms of entertainment for both of us, I feel that what we read is equally as important as the fact that we are reading.

I came across a website by a woman named Stephanie, a fellow mother of young children, that offers tons of information on how to encourage and entertain your child through reading and literacy initiatives. Stephanie advocates that “to become a successful reader your child not only needs to learn to read, they also need to understand what they are reading and be motivated to read.”

While searching for new books to add to your child’s bookshelves, look for content that is interesting to both you and your child as well as books that offer appealing illustrations, predictable language patterns and a varied, yet accessible, vocabulary that encourages them to grow their reading skills. In order to hold the attention of young readers, books need to have large type and a simple message.

For more tips and techniques on how to motivate your child to become a successful reader visit Childrens Books and Reading.

SillyShoes_cvrword-burglar_cvrIf you are looking for new books to add to your child’s collection, encourage your hungry little reader with The Word Burglar by Chris Cander, illustrations by Katherine Tramonte (2014 Moonbeam Award winner for Reading Skills & Literacy).

If you love fun poems and want a book with language patterns that entertain, try on Silly Shoes: Poems to make you smile by Lawson Gow, illustrations by Mike Guillory (2014 Moonbeam Award winner for Children’s Poetry).

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