To My Subscribers

It's been awhile since I've posted on this blog. Some of my subscribers are parents and some are teachers. My kids are growing up as you can see from this picture of a vacation last summer. Many of you have children growing up too and are past the time you need help teaching your children to read.

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Thank you for the support you have given my blog in the past. I've been spending more time tutoring than blogging which I find so rewarding!!!

I hope everyone has a splendid summer!!!!



When a Child Starts to Read

What an exciting time! Your child is starting to read!

You may be wondering what books should I have available?

Here are a few book choices and categories I've collected on an Amazon site.

Who has good advice?

Reading Rockets has information and articles.
My website: Parent and Child Reading Assistance has advice on teaching reading.

Are there online sites to help my child learn to read?



Children's Books to Read Aloud

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed when you walk into a book store or the library? What books will your kids really like?

I knew I'd found a really good book when my kids wanted it read over and over. Reading books out loud multiple times helps children get ready to become readers, especially if children point to pictures, make guesses about what will happen, talk about how a story reminds them of something else, read aloud parts on their own, or retell the story in their own words.

Here are a few books I recommend to read aloud to children ages 0 - 8. Please share your favorites in a comment.

The Dot

The Dot is a story that will help children have confidence to try something new. The Dot shows how a teacher encourages a child to draw, and the child feels successful in the end. Here's a video of the book. 
Recommended ages are 3 to 8 years old.

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree (A Five Little Monkeys Story) 
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree has repeated sentences that young children love to read along with you. Make sure to point out the monkeys hiding in the tree after the crocodile SNAPS if children seem sad or afraid that the monkey was eaten. This is a great book to help children learn numbers and the concept of subtraction. Here's a video of the book.This book is way more fun when kids get involved in the reading, point to the pictures, and practice counting.
Recommended ages are 2 to 6 years old.

Are You My Mother? (Beginner Books) 
This book is a great introduction to direction words and holds young children's interest as they go on an adventure with baby bird as he looks for his mother. This is a book children will want to hear over and over. Some children who listen to this book a number of times will start to tell the story in their own words or want to join in on the reading of this story. Children get excited about this story and like being able to remember what happens next if they have heard the story before. Here's a video of the book read out loud.
Hello Baby
Here's a video of the book.
Recommended ages are 2 to 5 years old.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Brown Bear and Friends)

The repeated language makes this a book that young children love to help "read". This book was a favorite for my kids. I have a video of my oldest son "reading" this book when he was two years old.
Recommended ages are 1 to 4 years old.

The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree

This book is so fun. It shows the imagination of children playing. My kids loved this story especially since we have two boys and one girl. Here's a video of the book.
Recommended ages are 3 to 5 years old.

The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch)

My family loves this story! It is a wonderful story of a smart girl tricking a dragon and not letting a prince be mean to her. So fun! I'm sure your family will love it too.
Recommended ages are 5 - 8 years old.



Reading Books More Than Once is Good for Early Readers?

Each time a familiar book is read it becomes easier for a child to combine reading skills. Rereading the same books is a lot like doing the same sports drill over and over.

Words that were difficult the first few times a book was read become easier each time. The process of sounding out becomes easier and words are stored in the reader's memory for future reading.

My own children had boxes of favorite books for rereading. You can help your child by having books your child likes available for rereading and encouraging your child to read everyday.

Some of the best places to find books are garage sales and used stores.

The trick to getting children to read books more that once is to have them choose their favorite books. Many books should be made available. If a child doesn't love a book, it won't be one they will want to read again.

Here's a link with advice for finding good books for kids.



Improve Reading Skills by Having Kids Listen to Stories

Reading is more than reading words correctly. I have seen many readers be able to read words, but not make sense of what is read. I was one of those readers when I was young. I didn't enjoy reading as a child or teenager. I was in my twenties before reading started to make sense for me and become enjoyable.

You can increase a child's ability to attach meaning to reading by providing many opportunities to hear stories and let a child get involved in the stories. Reading a book to a child yourself is probably the best since vocabulary and questions can be addressed immediately. If you'd like ideas to improve comprehension while reading with a child, you can check out this post.

Audio books are great for getting more stories and language to your kids. Listening to an audio book together on a road trip is a way to have a story to discuss and have a shared experience. Recently my family and I listened to My Brother Sam is Dead on a road trip. It did have a sad and graphic ending. My children are older, so they were able to handle it. I didn't plan the timing, but the story ended exactly when we pulled into the garage. It is a memory we all share, and a story we won't forget.

There are a number of free online sites that have books for watching and listening. I've used many of these sites with my own kids. We really loved using these sites while preparing dinner.

If you'd like to check understanding of books, you can check out Book Adventure. I'm using this with my kids. It's a free site with book quizzes.


Parents Who Read Aloud to Their Children Set Them Up for Reading Success!

You can make a difference in this world by spreading this message and encouraging parents to read aloud to their children from birth.

My Parent and Child Reading Assistance business recently became a partner with Read Aloud 15 MINUTES. Here's a graphic Read Aloud 15 MINUTES produced.

I've come across a number of organizations that promote reading aloud. There are many ways you can help. You can support an organization financially or by spreading information through social media. You can make personal connections with parents you know. Share books or have encouraging conversations.

When my niece had a baby, the first thing I did was send her board books for babies and some books that would interest a toddler. I found most of them at a used store. Her parents and grandma read to her often. She is three years old now and loves when someone reads to her.

My community recently set up Reach Out and Read at The Children's Clinic. Children are given age specific books and read aloud advice from pediatricians at every well visit. We are working on sustaining and growing Reach Out and Read. 

I'm proud of the work being done in my community to promote reading aloud. Our library has story times and activities for children and parents. Books and Babies shows parents and caregivers how to read to babies. There's a women's organization that promotes reading aloud to children through presentations and by giving a touch and feel board book and literacy resources to every baby born in Yellowstone County. United Way gives away books and literacy information through a local Reading Matters program.

Here's a page with a list of organizations I've found that promote reading aloud to children. I'd love to know about more organizations or your stories of reading aloud to children in a comment.

Set children up for reading success. 
We can all do something big or small. 
It all matters.