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Reading as a Family (Why It Is Important)

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We are often asked whether you can count a book read to multiple siblings at the same time toward the 1000 book count.  The answer is absolutely.  In fact, studies have shown that reading as a family provides a great opportunity for bonding.  The journey from newborn to infant to toddler to kindergarten takes approximately 5 years.  The time will pass by very fast.  Building strong reading skills is fundamental to preparing your child for the future.  If you incorporate reading as a family, the memories your child will form will last a lifetime.  Make reading as a family a daily event.

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Where is My Belly Button?

Where is My Belly Button

Soft, cloth books are ideal and suitable from birth.  Where is My Belly Button? (available from JellyCat) features peek-a-boo flaps and questions to answer.  The book is full of bright colors and is very interactive.  The book takes your child on a journey of exploration (eyes, belly button, nose, and feet).

 

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Are Girls Easier to Read to Than Boys?

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I think the answer depends.  Some infants are just too busy to settle down to read.  Regardless of your child’s gender, studies have shown that the rewards of early reading to your child are immeasurable.  The key is perseverance.

Hopefully the built-in reward system in your local 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program will also provide you with the motivation on achieving the goal of reading 1,000 books.

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Choosing Books with Bright and Colorful Pictures

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Board books are the best when it comes to bright and colorful pictures.  Choosing books with bright and colorful pictures is very important to get your child interested in books and reading.  Reading aloud to your baby is a very important activity.  Reading aloud provides your baby with stimulation.  Studies have shown the following benefits of reading aloud:

  • teaches a baby about how to communicate
  • is a great way to introduce new concepts such as letters, numbers, colors, and shapes
  • helps to build listening, memory, and vocabulary skills

By the time babies reach their first birthday, some early child development scholars believe that babies will have learned all the sounds needed to speak. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to will greatly benefit your child.

 

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Books Your Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten

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Here are some great books to read to your child before kindergarten. If you have a book that you would like to add to this list, just let us know…(Downloadable .pdf file)

Alborough, Jez: Where’s My Teddy?

Aranton, John-Ruben M., Jr.: What Treat Can Ruben Eat?

Asch, Frank: Happy Birthday, Moon

Ballock-Dixon, Saige J.: Chilean Mines

Bang, Molly: Ten, Nine, Eight

Barrett, Judi: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

Barton, Byron: The Three Bears

Bauer, Marion: How Do I Love You?

Becker, Bonny: A Visitor for Bear

Bergen, Lara: Dora’s Sleepover

Bemelmans, Ludwig: Madeline

Benton, Jim: The End (Almost!)

Blackstone, Stella: Bear’s Busy Family

Borghese, Mark: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten: A Promise and A Pledge

Bornstein, Ruth: Little Gorilla

Brett, Jan: The Mitten

Brown, Marcia: Stone Soup

Brown, Margaret Wise: Goodnight Moon

Brunhoff, Jean de: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant

Burningham, John: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing

Burroughs, Caleb: The Moon Sees You & Me

Burton, Virginia Lee: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Campbell, Rod: Dear Zoo

Cannon, Janell: Stellaluna

Capucilli, Alyssa Satin: Biscuit Loves the Library

Carle, Eric: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Christelow, Eileen: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Chung, Arree: Ninja!

Coffelt, Nancy: Fred Stays with Me

Crews, Donald: Freight Train

Cronin, Doreen: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type

Day, Alexandra: Good Dog, Carl

Degen, Bruce: Jamberry

Dorros, Arthur: Abuela

Eastman, P.D.: Are You My Mother?

Ehlert, Lois: Feathers for Lunch

Emberley, Ed: Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Falconer, Ian: Olivia

Feiffer, Jules: Bark, George

Flack, Marjorie: Ask Mr. Bear

Fleming, Denise: Mama Cat Has Three Kittens

Fox, Mem: Where is the Green Sheep?

Freeman, Don: Corduroy

Gag, Wanda: Millions of Cats

Galdone, Paul: The Three Little Pigs

Gerstein, Mordicai: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Goble, Paul: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Guarino, Deborah: Is Your Mama a Llama?

Henkes, Kevin: Kitten’s First Full Moon

Hill, Eric: Where’s Spot

Ho, Minfong: Hush!: A Thai Lullaby

Hoban, Russell: Bread and Jam for Frances

Hoban, Tana: Is it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue? An Adventure in Color

Hoffman, Mary: Amazing Grace

Holabird, Katherine: Angelina Ballerina

Hutchins, Pat: Rosie’s Walk

Jenkins, Steve: What do you do with a tail like this?

Johnson, Crockett: Harold and the Purple Crayon

Juster, Norton: The Hello, Goodbye Window

Kasza, Keiko: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew

Keats, Ezra Jack: The Snowy Day

Kennedy, Jimmy: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Kent, Jack: The Caterpillar and the Polliwog

Kimmel, Eric: Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock

Kraus, Robert: Whose Mouse are You?

Kraus, Ruth: The Carrot Seed

Krosoczka, Jarrett: Baghead

Landers, Ace: I Am An Ice Cream Truck

Leaf, Munro: The Story of Ferdinand

Lester, Mike: A is for Salad

Lionni, Leo: Little Blue and Little Yellow

Lobel, Anita: On Market Street

Lobel, Arnold: Frog and Toad Are Friends

London, Jonathan: Froggy Gets Dressed

Martin, Bill: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Martin, Bill: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Mayer, Mercer: Frog Goes to Dinner

McBratney, Sam: Guess How Much I Love You

McCloskey, Robert: Make Way for Ducklings

McFarland, Lyn: Widget

McKissack, Pat: Goin’ Someplace Special

McLimans, David: Gone Wild: An Endangered Alphabet

McMullan, Kate and Jim: I Stink!

McPhail, David: Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore

Meddaugh, Susan: Martha Speaks

Meltzer, Brad: I am Abraham Lincoln

Munari, Bruno: Bruno Munari’s ABC

Nelson-Schmidt, Michelle: Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster

Noble, Trinka: The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash

Numeroff, Laura: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

O’Connor, Jane: Fancy Nancy

Penn, Audrey: The Kissing Hand

Pinkney, Sandra: Shades of Black

Piper, Watty: The Little Engine that Could

Potter, Beatrix: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Rathmann, Peggy: Good Night, Gorilla

Rey, H.A.: Curious George

Rohman, Eric: My Friend Rabbit

Rosen, Michael: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Rossetti-Shustak, Bernadette: I Love You Through and Through

Rylant, Cynthia: The Relatives Came

Say, Allen: Grandfather’s Journey

Scarry, Richard: Cars and Trucks and Things that Go

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro: First the Egg

Sendak, Maurice: Where the Wild Things Are

Seuss, Dr.: Green Eggs and Ham

Seuss, Dr.: The Cat in the Hat

Shannon, David: Duck on a Bike

Shaw, Charles: It Looked Like Spilt Milk

Simmons, Jane: Come Along Daisy

Simont, Marc: The Stray Dog

Sis, Peter: Fire Truck

Slobodkina, Esphyr: Caps for Sale

Taback, Simms: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Walter, Virginia: “Hi, Pizza Man!”

Wells, Rosemary: Noisy Nora

Westcott, Nadine: The Lady with the Alligator Purse

Wiesner, David: The Three Pigs

Willems, Mo: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Wong, Janet: Buzz

Wood, Audrey: The Napping House

Yolen, Jane: How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

Yolen, Jane: Owl Moon

Young, Ed: Seven Blind Mice

Zimmerman, Andrea: Trashy Town

Zion, Gene: Harry, The Dirty Dog

Zschock, Martha Day: Hello, America!

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