Story Time Reads: Oct. 1- 5

West End Library

Story Time Reads: Oct. 1- 5

Print Awareness: Includes noticing print everywhere, knowing how to handle a book and knowing how to follow the written word on the page.

Why Is It Important?
Children have to be aware of words before they can read them. Children need to know how a book works, which page is the beginning and end, what is right-side up and how the English language is read, left to right. When kids are comfortable with the mechanics of the physical package of a book, they can focus on the decoding process of reading. 

What Can You Do to Help Build This Skill?
• Read board books that your child can handle on their own; let them turn the pages as you read together.
• Sometimes point to the words as you read.
• Talk about print, even when you are not reading together. Look for letters and words on signs and labels and lists.
• Point to the words in a book as you read.  The child needs to understand that you are reading the words and not the pictures. 
• Use rebus books, which use a picture in place of a word, so the kids can follow along while you read the words. This reinforces the direction text is read, demonstrates how text represents an object and engages them in the reading process. 

Books We Read:
autumnBaby/Toddler Story Time (drop-in)
Autumn: An Alphabet AcrosticIt's FallWhen Autumn Comes
Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic
by Steven Schnur
It’s Fall
by Linda Glaser
When Autumn Comes
by Robert Mass
soup bonePre-School Story Time (drop-in)
The House that Drac BuiltThe Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
The House that Drac Built
by Judy Sierra
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
by Linda Williams
On Halloween NightThe Soup Bone
On Halloween Night
by Ferida Wolff
The Soup Bone
by Tony Johnston
Pre-K Story Time
Beyond the Great MountainGai See
Beyond the Great Mountain: A Visual Poem About China
by Ed Young
Gai See: What You Can See in Chinatown
by Roseanne Thong
The Paper CraneUmbrella
The Paper Crane
by Molly Bang
by Taro Yashima