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What reading experts say:
Expose your child to a wide variety of books and authors. Reading and discussing different types of literature - such as fantasy, folktales, poetry and nonfiction - promotes cognitive development in your child, according to an Education Resources Information Center Digest publication entitled "Helping Children Understand Literary Genres." Reading widely gives children an opportunity to identify similarities and differences between genres and authors.

When children become familiar with the features of different types of writing, they will know what to expect from different types of reading materials.

What good readers know:
Good readers certainly have favorite books and will read them often. Good readers are excited about all books and are receptive to reading a diverse selection of titles: nonfiction, fantasy, realistic stories and funny stories. Good readers like to choose their own titles but also ask librarians for new and interesting books during their visits to the library.

What parents can do to help children Grow Up Reading™:
Week 1:
Go to the Main Library and play with the alphabet letters, blocks and more. Does your child know all her letters? Can your child spell his name and other simple words? You're almost done counting the days until kindergarten. Pick up your complimentary book at the Main Library or Westacres Branch and celebrate! Read details in the Parent Guide.
Week 2:
Read five books from the "Playing" booklist.
Week 3:
Use paper, pencils, crayons and markers, and other items around the house to "play" school.
Week 4:
Count the number of days until kindergarten begins. Mark off each day and count down to the first day of school.

Activities - Playing:
  1. Go to the playground. Practice swinging, going down the slide and using the playground equipment.
  2. Get a big bucket or plastic container to use as a water table. Find different objects and find out what sinks and floats. Use the same container with rice, shaving cream or sand. These are great fine motor activities, but also can keep kids entertained for hours.
  3. Arts and crafts are a great way to spend an afternoon or free time. Art projects encourage open-ended cognitive thinking, creativity, problem solving and experimenting. Use old magazines for a collage or any fun scraps of paper, fabric or ribbon you have around your house.

More Great Books to Read(click on a title to check for availability at the Library)