Reading Lists:

Preschoolers benefit most from reading together when they have the opportunity to engage in conversation about the story. Ask your child questions while reading, and encourage your child to ask you questions, too. Reading informational or nonfiction books together increases your child’s background knowledge and vocabulary. And reading fun rhyming books helps your child hear the smaller sounds that make up words.

Talking is the foundation for reading, writing and communicating. When kids grow up in homes with parents who talk to them and encourage them to talk, they know more words and understand more words, which makes it easier for them to learn to read. Try these books to start a conversation.

Sing your favorite songs or make up silly songs for fun. When families share stories, songs and books with their children, they give them the message that learning to read and write is important.

Play helps children develop social-emotional skills, language and problem-solving skills. When children play, they learn skills that help them get ready to read and get ready for school.

Children experiment with writing, as they do everything, because they are curious. By 4 years old, your child may try making the initial letter of her name, or “M” for the beginning of Mom. Encourage her progress by modeling writing often and share some books that encourage the progression of lines and shapes to writing.