Reading to Your Preschooler
July 22, 2008
This is the third in a series of articles of how and when to start reading to reading to children
Once youve mastered the fine art of reading to the rough and tumble toddler, reading to a preschooler is relatively easy in comparison. Attentions spans start to increase and the non-stop movement phase of their development recedes. Our story times at the library reflect this reality; while our baby and toddler story times are generally 20 to 25 minutes long with shorter books with less complex storylines, punctuated with many diversions such as singing, maracas and bubbles, our preschool story times are 30-plus minutes of pure storytelling.Three and 4-year-olds favor picture books, which they can look at on their own as well as enjoy listening to you read. Reading pictures prepares your child for reading words in a few years, so spend time talking about the pictures. Ask her to guess what might happen next or what various characters are doing in an illustration. Provide models of interesting questions and examples of possible answers: I wonder what is going to happen next. I think the rabbit will get lost because he is not paying attention to where he is going. What do you think? Avoid baby talk and read with expression, using different voices for different characters.The preschool years are a great time to introduce your child to the non-fiction section of the library. Topics that are especially popular with the preschool set are trains and trucks, dinosaurs and all kinds of animals, especially sharks! The non-fiction section in the childrens area has many short, picture-rich selections that provide a perfect introduction to the pre-reader. Also tucked away in the non-fiction (398.2) is the folk and fairytale section, replete with hundreds of richly illustrated picture books sure to ignite your preschoolers vivid imagination. You don’t need to wait until your child is in elementary school to introduce chapter books to your read aloud repertoire. Chapter books help develop longer attention spans, larger vocabularies and visualization skills, asserts Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook. Trelease recommends starting with books that have an engaging main character like Stuart Little by E. B. White or A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. And let your child see you enjoying adult books leading by example will show your child how enjoyable reading is.For more information, come to the Truckee Library to pick up the Preschool Titles book list, with over 100 recommended books and the handout entitled Tips for Reading Aloud with Preschoolers.
Next week is Part 4: Youre Never Too Old for Picture Books!
HoursMonday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Ongoing: Catch the Reading Bug! Summer Reading Program for ages 5-12. Weekly special events every Wednesday at 4 p.m., June 25-July 30. Storytimes on summer break, resuming in late August; watch this space for more information. The Annual Friends of the Library book sale is coming! Saturday, August 9 from 9-4. Donations can be dropped off starting August 1. Volunteers are needed to sort books and set up all day on Friday, August 8 and to help during the sale on Saturday, August 9. Sign up at the library. Bookshelfs Dry Camp Book Club at the Library Meets monthly at the Library. Participants at the book group meeting will receive a coupon for 15 percent off a one-time book purchase at the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks. Everyone is welcome. Next meeting is Tuesday, August 19 to discuss The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay. Now on display at the library: Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael JollyAbove the Fireplace: Pat Miller has an oil painting called Tahoe Moods.In the Childrens Wing: Becoming American story quilt by Mrs. Blesses 5th grade class at Truckee Elementary.