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 the Summer Reading Program can benefit early literacy.
Haven't signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge yet? There's still time! But why would anyone sign up their baby for the Summer Reading Challenge when s/he isn’t even talking yet, let alone reading? We're so glad you asked! First of all, everyone who completes the reading program receives a free book. If you have an infant at home, you're actually reading for two. So, you will have your choice of two free books when you finish the program - one for you and one for your baby! But the benefits don't stop there.
When you read to your infant you are creating a very special bond with your little one as you hold him and actively read to him. Plus, we use far fewer words in our day to day lives than the rich and extensive vocabulary found in books. Sharing books with your infant means you are also increasing the number of words he will hear on a daily basis and building his future vocabulary.
Attending our Lapsit programs is a great way to encourage a love of literature and accrue minutes toward your child’s free book, too. Don't worry, there are no rules that say all your baby's reading minutes must come from picture books or board books. You can quickly accumulate the required 1000 minutes of reading for yourself and your infant by reading aloud for 10 to 15 minutes from your own book. Hearing you read the words aloud is the important part, not the story being told. So whether you’re reading Sandra Boynton or Sandra Brown, snuggle up and double up on some of those minutes, earn a couple new books for both of your bookshelves and start building a better reader!