Preschool children are able to choose books that interest them. They can retell a story, act out a story, and draw pictures about the story. Preschoolers hear the sounds that make words and recognize that printed letters form words.

  • Read every day!
  • Encourage your child's interest in reading by allowing them to choose books that they like
  • Ask a librarian for books that match your child's interests
  • Go to Storytime at your local branch
  • Encourage your children when they pretend to write or pretend to read

Provide as much reading material as possible. Include picture books, poetry, wordless books, concept books, information books, and children's magazines. Let your child see you reading and writing and talk to your child about what you are doing.

Reading and Activities

  • Share alphabet books and counting books
  • Encourage your child to read along by running your finger under the text as you read
  • Share books with repetition and patterned language and emphasize the sounds that make words
  • Attend a Storytime

Try This:

Read an alphabet book with your child. Ask your child to point to the first letter of their name. Ask your child to think of words that begin with the same letter. Have fun combining the words that start with that letter. For example: Peter, Pencil, Purple.

Book Suggestions

Visit the library often and be sure to ask your librarian for more suggestions.

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