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 more about how picture books help children better understand themselves and the world around them.
Picture books can be powerful tools for helping children better understand themselves and the world around them. Reading picture books with your child not only helps him or her develop pre-literacy skills, it also offers lots of opportunities to chat about life.
Consider Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummings. This is a lovely little story about a stemless pumpkin that keeps getting passed up for other pumpkins that are not missing their stems. You could read this book to your child, close it up and kiss her goodnight OR you could ask her, “Do you ever feel different?” “Does that make you sad?” “What do you do to make yourself feel better?” If your child doesn’t have an answer for that last question, offer her some suggestions.
The Bad Seed by Jory John and Millie Fierce by Jane Manning both offer a chance to lightheartedly discuss how sometimes good people make negative choices simply because that is what seems to be expected of them, or what garners them the attention they need. Maybe your child is struggling with this issue. Maybe he goes to school with a child who is struggling with this issue. Either way, a better understanding of this behavior trait will serve him well.
Even when children move on to readers and chapter books, picture books offer an opportunity for them to be in on the joke or the underlying message. While younger readers will need you to uncover the hidden meaning or explain the joke, first and second graders will delight in pointing them out and explaining them to you. Grab any book by Bob Shea and cuddle up with your older reader to experience this phenomenon.
Regardless of your child’s age picture books are great conversation starters, so keep reading, and keep talking!