What reading experts say:
Dr. Nell Duke from Michigan State University states that nearly 44 million adults have difficulty extracting information from text and that a large percentage of American students have difficulty reading and writing informational text.
Reading for information is a lifelong skill. Use the natural curiosity of children to introduce your child to the world of knowledge inside books. Including nonfiction will help provide a balance and a variety of genre in your child's reading. Exposing your child to nonfiction will familiarize him with the structure of this type of book and will help him learn how to get information from the text. This early exposure will reflect positively in school.
There is evidence that a parent's beliefs and attitudes about reading will directly influence children's literacy skills. Parents who have respect for the information contained in books will pass that respect on to their children. Children need to know that learning happens all the time, not just at school.
What good readers know:
Good readers enjoy a balance of fiction and nonfiction books. They enjoy using nonfiction books to answer questions they may have ("Why do stars twinkle?") and are excited to share with others the information they learn in their nonfiction books.
What parents can do to help children Grow Up Reading™:
Read five books from the "Reading" booklist.
Plan a vacation day from TV. Mark it on the calendar. Go to the library and check out some books for your TV-free day.
Check off all the books you have read so far on the Counting the Days `til Kindergarten booklist. Count how many you've read and write the number on the calendar.
Activities - Reading:
More Great Books to Read(click on a title to check for availability at the Library)
- Allow your child to read you a book before bed. They might pick a book they know by heart or a new book. They aren’t necessarily reading the words, but they are using great reading strategies to look at the pictures and relay what they think is happening.
- When reading a book, ask a lot of questions. “What do you think this book is about?” “What will happen next?” “How did that make the little dog feel?” Questioning encourages your child’s retelling and comprehension skills.
- Always model good reading habits. Make sure, your love of reading is apparent to your child. Read with expression, read often and let them see you reading at home.
- Don’t forget to sign up for summer reading. Everyone (birth-adult) can register for summer reading. This is a great way to keep active over the summer, participate in an educational and fun reading program, visit the library or our summer reading website for details.