Counting The Days 'Til Kindergarten
Preparing For Reading Success


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.

  1. Use household items in unique ways. Use pots, pans, bowls and spoons to create a band. Use toilet paper rolls to create a telescope or binoculars to hunt for bears. (Check out “We’re going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen” from the West Bloomfield Township Public Library) Use tissue boxes and construction paper to create funny monsters!
  2. Play outside every day. Go for a nature walk, create an obstacle course, go on a family bike ride. Take swim classes or go swimming. Great gross motor exercise.
  3. Make homemade Slime: Here is the recipe
  4. Use paint brushes and water to paint your deck, sidewalk, or house. This is a great fine motor activity and your child can practice drawing and writing.

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

For more suggestions and activities on Raising a Reader, follow our Grow Up Reading™ Board on Pinterest

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

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