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Ready to Read Tips 'N Tricks (Part 1, 3:50)

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Early Literacy:  See It Yourself (pdf)

Today's Story Times:  Dialogic Reading (pdf)

ELL Story Times

Dads and Early Literacy (2 pg pdf)

"I Love it When You Read to Me":  Mr. B's Story Time Song (pdf)

Activities for Story Times (7 pg pdf)

Kids Love Multicultural Picture Books (8 pg pdf)

Great Rhyming Picture Books (2 pg pdf)

Caldecott Awards (1938-Present)

Coretta Scott King Book Awards (1970-Present)

The Pura Belpré Award (1995-Present)

Native American Youth Book Awards

Asian/Pacific American Literature Awards (Includes children's books)

ALA Notable Children's Books (1995-Present)



Print Motivation

Developing interest and enjoyment of books is important - make this easy to do by finding books to share with children that you enjoy. Read in a way that demonstrates that you love books, the story being shared, and the time you spend with your child. A cheerful voice is important.

Don't read to children when you are in a bad mood. Remember, a few minutes of fun with a book is much more important than a reading session that is tense or stressful. If the child is not ready for story time or does not seem to be enjoying a book, that's OK.

You can always read more together later. Don't count how much time you spend reading books, just make sure it is something you share regularly in a positive environment.

Find a comfortable place to share and hold little children. Letting a small child rest their head against your chest creates a bond and they hear the deep resonance of your voice. And don't keep all the fun to yourself - get your child involved - see what they have to say while you read.

Nonfiction books are probably best - they feature colorful pictures and powerful images. They also encourage a childe to use their imagination. Who doesn't love a good picture book? A good story encourages a child to think about "what happens next" - an important motivator.

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