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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 rhyme, rhythm and repetition such as Dr. Seuss this gives children a great foundation for how language should sound when reading.
  • Encourage your child to learn concepts of print to begin his adventure into reading, “Where do we start reading this book?” While reading the book, stop and ask your child what he/she thinks will happen next.
  • Associate books with your child’s real life. For example, if you’ve read a book about going to the zoo, you might like to take your child to the local zoo and discuss what you see, the experience, favorite parts.
  • Encourage your child your child to pack a book to keep him entertained on trips, family outings, vacation and more.

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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