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July 19, 2009

Posted by Nora in Uncategorized.

Tip #9:  Expose your child to different types of books!

 The old cliché, “variety is the spice of life,” definitely holds true when it comes to books.  And when we as parents and teachers want to capture our child’s attention and interest with books, spicing up the selection is a fun and easy way to accomplish this!  Of course books come in all shapes and sizes and vary immensely according to content.  Yet, we sometimes forget to highlight these exciting differences in books and engage our children in discovering and celebrating them.  The simple look, feel and content of a book can capture a child’s interest and result in a truly positive reading experience.

 Here are just a few ideas of types of books to share with your child – pick and choose according to your child’s age and interests:

 Books about fundamental learning concepts – such as alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, etc.:  These books are great for teaching specific concepts in a non-threatening way.  Because there are so many of these types of books, it is also fun to compare and contrast a collection of these books with your child.  I have long collected alphabet books and I love to share these with my boys and find the differences.  Now, when we go to books stores, they will often notice and critique an alphabet book that has just been released.  It is great to share in this type of conversation about books with your child. 

 Books with interactive features – such as flaps, pop-ups, pull tabs, touch and feel textures, etc.:  These books allow your child to read and play at the same time.  Who doesn’t love a pop-up book?  Even my nine year old is fascinated at the detail and imagination behind these books. “Interactive” books can provide a mini escape that really captures a child’s imagination and wonder.  They allow your child to take an active role in the reading process.

 Books with different illustration styles – such as photographs, paintings, black and white sketches, collage, etc.:  Sometimes, we get so caught up in reading a story or wanting our child to read to us that we forget to draw their attention to the illustrations.  This is another opportunity to share in a conversation with your child- regardless of his age.  The art in books can vary so greatly and touch us in so many different ways.  Taking the time to examine the pictures and talk about the artist’s style can engage young readers to grow more and more passionate about books.

 Books that use repetition and rhyme:  These books help capture the rhythm of language.  Not only do they build confidence and literacy skills in emergent readers, but they are enjoyable to read aloud over and over again!  These books also provide the predictability factor that beginning readers need to develop.

 …and even more types of books:

  • Nonfiction books
  • Humorous books and Joke books
  • Multicultural books (about children or traditions from other countries)
  • Poetry books


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