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 picture books help children with letter knowledge.
Before children learn to read they must first understand that words are made up of letters. That understanding is referred to as letter knowledge. Building this skill is something you can do from home well before your child starts formal education. Reading together is a great way to introduce the alphabet as well as pointing out letters on signs and cereal boxes or other every day encounters. Talking about and helping your child draw the letters of his name is another wonderful way to support your child’s letter knowledge. For children ages 3-5, ABC books become a fun and exciting way to strengthen your child’s letter knowledge. Here are a few great ones to get you started.
ABC Kids by Basher
Silly situations such as “Claude’s crafty cuckoo collects coins” are sure to amuse preschoolers while reinforcing letter sounds.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Martin
An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.
LMNO Pea-quel by Baker
Busy little peas introduce more of their favorite occupations and activities, from actor to zipper on a zip line, as they bounce through the lowercase of the alphabet.
Square Cat ABC by Schoonmaker
Eula, the one-of-a-kind feline from Elizabeth Schoonmaker’s Square Cat, returns in an alphabetic adventure that is sure to delight.
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short stories for all the letters by Jeffers
"From an Astronaut who's afraid of heights, to a Bridge that ends up burned between friends, to a Cup stuck in a cupboard and longing for freedom, this series of interconnected stories and characters explores the alphabet"--
Plus, be sure to check the library catalog for lots of other picture books all about those awesome ABC’s!