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Pre-Emergent Readers

Pre-emergent books are for the brand new reader. These books contain large print, few words per page and large pictures. Many pre-emergent readers include a list of the high-frequency words used in the books.

Children at a pre-emergent reading level will:
  • Be aware that text should be read from left to right and from the top of the page to the bottom
  • Know that printed words have meaning
  • Use pictures as clues to help decode the words

Activities to do at home:
  • Help your child make connections between what he or she reads and similar experiences he has felt, saw in a movie, or read in another book.
  • Help your child monitor his or her understanding of what he or she reads. Ask questions, ask them to retell you what they have read or draw a picture of their favorite part.
  • Discuss the meanings of unknown words, both those he reads and those he hears in conversations.

Pre-emergent Easy Readers at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library are identified by a white spine label. Each label has a letter of the alphabet, indicating the first letter of the author's last name.

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Library Director:  Clara Nalli Bohrer    |    Youth Services Coordinator:  Jill Bickford    |    Early Childhood Specialist:  Emily Vickers

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