Did you know it is Children’s Book Week? At Hooked on Phonics, we feel like every week is Children’s Book Week, but I thought it was worth highlighting.
I was thinking about the children in my life and their favorite books. My niece Lila, who will be five in July, loves the book The Berenstain Bears’ Big Bear, Small Bear by Stan and Jan Berenstain. This is a Step into Reading book series.
Lila loves this book because she likes to â€œreadâ€ it to her parents. She has heard the story enough times to know most of the words, and she uses pictures to help her when she can’t remember. For example, she refers to the big bowl as a big cup and she loves getting to say the words, “Just right! Just right!” She isn’t reading in the technical sense, but she’s definitely on her way!
For children, “reading” the story to their parents is a big deal! And it’s an exciting part of the process in the development of a new reader. It doesn’t matter to Lila that she can’t actually read the words, just yet. It’s empowering for her that she understands enough of the process to turn the pages and tell a story and understand that there are actually words on a page that convey a message. This is all part of print awareness-”an important element to reading readiness.
At Hooked on Phonics we encourage parents to read with their children-even just 20 minutes a day. Those 20 minutes are critical to setting up a lifetime of good habits. If you haven’t already been doing this, take this week to instill a new ritual in your home. Let your child “read” to you!
What books will you read for Children’s Book Week?