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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:
  • Read books with rhyming word patterns. Books with repetition, rhymes and patterns can help children hear the sounds within words. This skill is called "phonemic awareness."
  • Read a variety of Mother Goose rhymes. Nursery rhymes pair words with similar sounds and help prepare children for the transition from hearing sounds to reading them.
  • Use alphabet books and stretch out some of the words as you read them, emphasizing the beginning, middle and ending sounds. This will demonstrate that words sometimes have the same beginning and ending sounds and sometimes the sounds are different.

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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