A teacher at mom’s school passed along an amazing book to me today – “What Should I Read Aloud?”. It’s a really great book about how to choose books for your children (depending on their age) and teaching your children to read with literature. Had I known something like this existed I would have purchased it a long time ago! We spend a lot of time during the day reading with Luke – whenever I’m getting dressed, cleaning upstairs, etc. he’ll go in his room and reads his books to keep busy. If he ever wakes up early, he’ll read his books until his Good Nite Lite comes on and while it can be a little disorganized not being able to see the floor in his room through all the books scattered on the floor, there’s no other mess I’d rather see than him enjoying his books so much!
As soon as my mom handed me this book, I was giddy with excitement because one of the hardest things is to spend money on books blindly when there are SO many to choose from, knowing from experience some are better than others. That’s why Luke and I enjoy the library so much! We haven’t gone the last two weeks but we were making a habit of going every Monday and he would get so excited to look for new books each week! One week he wanted to look for space books in an effort to see as many astronauts and satellites as he could find! Another week he was looking for anything Bob the Builder after Julian and I kept repeating the song over and over again because he sounded so darn cute trying to sing the words with us!
So what books should your children be reading? What books should you purchase for them? What are the best books to read to your children? What is a recommended list of summer reading for children?
These are all great questions that “What Should I Read Aloud” easily answers for you! This book goes into the benefits of reading to children, how to best involve your children with books using questions like, “What do you think might happen next? Why do you think so?” and “What do you think the character might be thinking or feeling? What clues helped you?”. This book also talks about recognizing different picture book formats along with:
- oral language development – speaking vocabulary
- phonological/phonemic awareness – awareness of the sounds that make up spoken words
- alphabetic knowledge – recognizing the letter that represent speech sounds
- print knowledge – the conventions of a written language, including directionality
- invented spelling – ability to spell words the way they sound
Another important thing to remember from an early age is to not just read to your kids, let your kids read to you…as early as possible! Luke has been reading to me for many months now and he turned two on December so no age is too early to have your kids help take part in reading with you! There is a great 30 minute nightly routine in this book that suggests 10 minutes of you reading (new books each week….head to your library!) to them and 15 minutes of your child reading back to you, without over-correcting mistakes and then 5 minutes of reviewing the books you both read.
Other chapters in this book include:
- Best Selling Books for Infants and Children Ages 1-2
- Books for Children Ages 3-4
- Books for Children Ages 5-6
- Books for Children Ages 7-8
- Selecting Books to Supplement the Bestsellers
If you want to get one sent directly to you for $23.99 head on over to our aStore, click on books and the one is located on page 5. I would also suggest trying out your local Half Price Books to see if you can find it any cheaper than Amazon!
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