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Read-Aloud Books for Young Children
posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - September 16th, 2019
As we begin to shift from summer into fall, it’s a wonderful time to introduce read aloud books to your young child, if you are not already spending time together this way. Beyond bonding time, there are so many great intellectual and character-building benefits that are seen from this time, as well. So be intentional to make this a regular habit in your days together.
Read-Aloud Books Boost Your Child’s IQ
Read concept books such as Richard Scarry’s Best First Book Ever (This book has EVERYTHING a child needs to know for kindergarten!) or DK Publishing’s My First Word Book to your child. Children tested for kindergarten are expected to know colors, shapes, seasons, fruit, farm animals – all the basic information kids are exposed to through picture books, preschool, and life itself. If your child knows everything covered in these books, she’ll be ready.
Read-Aloud Books Increase Your Child’s Memory
Challenge your child’s memory. After you read your child a book, ask him to tell you the story back in his own words. Make patterns using Fruit Loops or colored beads, cover them up, and see if he can recreate them. These activities will build your child’s verbal and visual memory.
Read-Aloud Books Teaches Math Concepts
Inject math concepts into your conversations. “Dinner will be ready in five minutes.” “Do you want a whole cookie or a half a cookie?” “Look how cute your toes are. Let’s count them.” “You have three M&Ms. I’ll give you two more. Now you’ll have five.” You can even bring up math when reading picture books. “Look at that funny octopus. How many legs does he have?”
Read-Aloud Books Solidifies Knowledge and Comprehension
Knowledge and comprehension are your child’s understanding of information, social standards of behavior, and common sense that children his age usually understand. To flourish in kindergarten, a child should know colors, shapes, seasons, fruit, farm animals – all the basic kinds of information kids are exposed to through picture books, preschool, and life itself. He should understand manners and have the sense to get along in the world as a 5-year-old. It takes time and a parent’s active involvement to acquire all this. Nothing beats real experiences like going to the doctor, visiting a beach, baking cookies, or taking a trip to the grocery store for acquiring knowledge. Then after such visits, find read-alouds on those subjects and say, “Remember when…?” Talk about it together!
Read-Aloud Chapter Books Teaches Patience
Read chapter books as soon as your child is ready (age 4 or 5). This way, he’ll learn to wait for the next installment. This is a wonderful way to teach your child patience and how anticipating the “next” things can be a fun and wonderful experience!
My Go-To Read- Aloud Book List for Young Children
Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
Brown Bear Brown Bear, Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin Jr.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Laura Joffe Numeroff
Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell
The Poky Little Puppy, Janette Sebring Lowrey
Pat the Bunny, Dorothy Kunhardt
Moo, Baa, LA, LA, LA by Sandra Boynton
The Going to Bed Book, Sandra Boynton
Barnyard Dance, Sandra Boynton
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear, by Nancy White Carlstrom
I’m a Little Caterpillar, by Tim Weare
Love You Forever, Robert N. Munsch
Corduroy, Don Freeman
Is Your Mama a Llama? Deborah Guarino
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Eileen Christelow
Guess How Much I love You, Sam McBratney
Busy Doggies, John Schindel
More, More, More Said the Baby, Vera B. Williams
Goodnight Gorilla, Peggy Rathmann
Peek-A-Boo! Roberta Grobel Intrater
Are You My Mother, P.D. Eastman
Time to Get Dressed, Elivia Savadier
Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
Where is Baby’s Belly Button, Karen Katz
First 100 Words, Roger Priddy
First 100 Animals, Roger Priddy
Toot! By Leslie Patricelli