November is a fabulous month for so many reasons: cooler weather, Thanksgiving, cozying up with good books and spending time with family. It’s also National Picture Book Month. In celebration of what makes these delightful stories valuable beyond the giggles, hugs and pure enjoyment of sharing a book with someone, help us give a CPL High Five to the vegetables of our healthy helping of literacy!
Learn the Flavor of words. Picture Books help build vocabulary. How many different ways can you say nap time? Sleepy, tired, exhausted, resting, nesting, hmmm… Try reading Audrey Wood’s The Napping House. The book is a classic and the author, well, she is brilliant.
You’ll find the ingredients for literacy as you read with your child. Sharing a picture book with your child every day helps them develop an awareness of print in the book and beyond. I’m Not Scared by Jonathan Allen offers up an opportunity to talk about owls (and being scared of the dark), which then gives an opening to point out birds in the sky, which may lead to noticing a duck crossing sign at the local park. Or it could instigate a trip to the owl exhibit at the zoo!
Eat a bowl of picture book soup. Concept books help children develop letter knowledge. In books like L M N O Peas by Keith Baker, kids can explore the shapes of letters and learn letter names and sounds.
Go ahead s-l-u-r-p it up. Picture books offer opportunities to play with words and sounds. Phonological Awareness is a child’s ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words. Picture books like And the Cars Go . . . by William Bee are a sure hit with kids.
Let's read together! Attend a High Five storytime this month at the library. Or get cozy with your child, grandchild, niece or nephew this holiday season at home. Picture books make literacy easy. If you want to laugh with a child try reading The Day the Crayons Quit. Author Drew Daywalt knows that a crayon’s perspective on coloring pictures is hilarious!
What will your healthy helping of literacy look like? The bottom line is that reading picture books helps build narrative skills for children learning to read - so share with us and share with the world. What is your literacy story? Take a picture book selfie and serve up a healthy helping of your family’s literacy on instagram and twitter #PictureBookMonth #cplreads #highfive.
We look forward to seeing you in the children’s area!