Creating Readers: Recommended Books for Parents and Caregivers

Help your child get ready to read with these recommended books on literacy.

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Alphabet Art: With A to Z Animal Art & Fingerplays
Artist/Author/Cast:
Press, Judy; Dennen, Sue (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J372.55 P9353a
Description:

This innovative book offers creative ways to teach the alphabet using poems, crafts, games, fingerplays, and books.

Art Across the Alphabet: Over 100 Art Experiences that Enrich Early Literacy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Campbell, Kelly Justus
Call Number:
372.5 C1888a
Description:

These art-centered activities for children aged three to six will reinforce letter recognition, build phonemic awareness, and teach pre-reading skills.

Baby Read-Aloud Basics: Fun and Interactive Ways to Help Your Little One Discover the World of Words
Artist/Author/Cast:
Blakemore, Caroline; Ramirez, Barbara Weston
Call Number:
372.4 B6368b
Description:

A guide to developing early language and pre-reading skills in babies and toddlers.

Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age—From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between
Artist/Author/Cast:
Boog, Jason
Call Number:
372.425 B7244b
Description:

A guide to raising kids who love to read.

Do You Know the Muffin Man?: An Essential Preschool Literacy Resource
Artist/Author/Cast:
Schiller, Pamela Byrne; Moore, Thomas
Call Number:
372.414 S3345d
Description:

A group of songs and rhymes along with literacy activities, learning center activities, and theme connections.

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gurdon, Meghan Cox
Call Number:
649.58 G9784e
Description:

Learn about the many benefits of reading aloud to children.  An appendix lists suggested stories for reading aloud.

Every Child Ready to Read: Literacy Tips for Parents
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lee Pesky Learning Center Staff
Call Number:
372.414 E93
Description:

Helps parents motivate their children to learn to read and to become confident, enthusiastic readers.

A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sutton, Roger; Parravano, Martha V.
Call Number:
809.89282 S9675f
Description:

A guide to choosing books for children and nurturing their love of reading.

Getting Ready to Read: Independent Phonemic Awareness Centers for Emergent Readers
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fitzpatrick, Jo
Call Number:
J372.465 F5595g
Description:

Help prepare your child for reading by strengthening their phonemic awareness, or awareness of individual letter sounds.  Includes reproducible pages.

How to Raise a Reader
Artist/Author/Cast:
Paul, Pamela
Call Number:
649.58 P3247h
Description:

This text shares not only book lists but also "must-knows" for each age level, from toddlers to teens.

How to Read a Story
Artist/Author/Cast:
Messner, Kate
Call Number:
J028.9 M5858h
Description:

A picture book celebration of the act of exploring—and sharing—a book.

Phonemic Awareness: Playing with Sounds to Strengthen Beginning Reading Skills
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fitzpatrick, Jo
Call Number:
J372.414 F5595p
Description:

Help your child learn to read by developing their awareness of letter sounds.  Includes activities and reproducible practice pages.

Playful Reading: Positive, Fun Ways to Build the Bond between Preschoolers, Books, and You
Artist/Author/Cast:
Munson-Benson, Carolyn
Call Number:
372.4 M9693p
Description:

Reading aloud helps early literacy development and creates a bond between children and their caregivers.

Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write, from Baby to Age Seven
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gentry, J. Richard
Call Number:
372.6 G3397r
Description:

Help your child build reading and writing skills by learning the phases of literacy.

Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do
Artist/Author/Cast:
Willingham, Daniel T.
Call Number:
372.4 W7333r
Description:

Contains practical advice for supporting the three key elements for reading enthusiasm in children: decoding, comprehension, and motivation.

Read with Me: Best Books for Preschoolers
Artist/Author/Cast:
Zvirin, Stephanie
Call Number:
028.533 Z9697r
Description:

This book offers more than 300 age-appropriate and subject-specific book selections from librarians for reading time with young children.

Read, Rhyme, and Romp: Early Literacy Skills and Activities for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents
Artist/Author/Cast:
McNeil, Heather
Call Number:
027.625 M1696r
Description:

This lively book explores the six basic pre-literacy skills that young children need in order to learn to read.

The Read-Aloud Handbook
Artist/Author/Cast:
Trelease, Jim
Call Number:
028.5 T7882r
Description:

The classic guide to the best read-alouds, why reading aloud is essential, and how to create a welcoming reading environment.  

Reading Comprehension and Fluency, Grade 1
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rose, Mary
Call Number:
372.4 R7972r
Description:

This resource offers week-by-week reading homework for first graders to help build reading comprehension and fluency.

Reading Comprehension and Fluency, Grades 2-3
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rose, Mary
Call Number:
372.4 R7972re
Description:

Children in second and third grade can practice reading comprehension and fluency with these reproducible week-by-week homework selections.

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