What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. But there's more to say about Early Literacy! Read on to learn about how reading aloud supports reading readiness in your child.
Remember that warm, safe feeling of snuggling up with your parent, a stuffed animal or cuddly blanket in hand, giddy anticipation welling up as you settled in to hear a new story or an old favorite read aloud? Remember the way the pages smelled of adventure and excitement? Remember scanning each picture for every little detail, plopping a pudgy hand on the page asking for one more minute to take it all in before moving on? If those memories are still retrievable, lucky you! You experienced the magic of being read to as a child. Now, it’s your turn. Reading aloud to your child not only creates wonderful memories it also increases your child’s chance of becoming a life-long reader.
Exposure to books, books and more books during the 0-5 years is crucial to reading readiness. You should share with your little one any book that you personally adore. Don’t feel pressured to read the latest trendy title if it doesn’t spark a little excitement when you read it aloud. And if one of your all-time favorites never shows up on a “Top Children’s Books” list, don’t sweat it and keep sharing it with your child. At this age it’s your enjoyment of and enthusiasm for the reading material that will translate into your child learning to love books and reading. However, there are some classics that every child should hear at least once before starting kindergarten. You can find these lists all over the internet. Here are just a few of the authors and titles that we think you should strongly consider including in your child’s reading repertoire before they head off to school.
There are so many more authors and so many more books worthy of a snuggly read aloud. So keep your eyes and ears peeled for other suggestions, and keep the old favorites at the ready. Happy Reading!