One stage at a time

Reading Workshop

May 05, 1999|By Susan Rapp | Susan Rapp,Village Reading Center

To assist you in becoming your child's reading partner, you will need to recognize how a child's growth and development correlate with his interests. Listed here are some brief characteristics of readers at different age levels and some sure-fire books to share. If your child finishes a book and asks for more, you'll know that you've been successful.

Start Early: Infants to Toddlers

Your baby or toddler enjoys lullabies, songs and Mother Goose verses. She likes to make the sounds of animals in books. She likes board or plastic books with easy-to-turn pages she can hold or chew, and she likes clear, bright pictures to focus upon.

* "The Runaway Bunny," by Margaret Wise Brown

* "Ten, Nine, Eight," by Molly Bang

* "An Apple Pie," by Kate Greenaway

Begin the Journey: Preschoolers

Children at this stage are fascinated by reading about other children. They want books with movement, clapping rhymes, knee bounces and marching. Pop-up books and pull-tag books are favorites. They enjoy simple folk tales, stories about everyday events, stories with lots of pictures of animals, vehicles and dinosaurs.

* "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel," by Virginia Lee Burton

* "Everybody Cooks Rice," by Norah Dooley

* "Mama, Do You Love Me?" by Barbara M. Joose

* "Jamberry," by Bruce Degen

* "On Market Street," by Arnold Lobel

Moving into Reading: Through Grade 3

The window of opportunity occurs before the age of 9. The beginning reader can manage short stories with a few words per page, and pictures that match the text so he can use context clues for meaning. He likes real-life stories, simple biographies, joke and riddle books and simple magazines. He enjoys reading about other children his age and books about sports, hobbies and action.

* "Millions of Cats," by Wanda Ga'g

* "The Hungry Thing," by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler

* "Ira Sleeps Over," Bernard Waber

* "The Third Planet from Altair," by Edward Packard

* "Ramona the Pest," by Beverly Cleary

* "Owl Moon," by Jane Yolen

* "The Hundred Penny Box," by Sharon Bell Mathis

* "Baseball Saved Us," by Ken Mochizuki

* "Where the Sidewalk Ends," by Shel Silverstein

Pub Date: 05/05/99

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