Choosing the Right Books

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on May 21, 2009

in Professional Development, Quick Tips for Preschool Teachers

Reading to preschoolers starts with choosing the right books. There are several points to consider when choosing books to capture a preschooler’s interest and keep groups of preschoolers engaged in the story.

Illustrations: The books you choose for young children should include quality illustrations. Most preschool-age children are not yet reading and depend on the illustrations to keep them engaged and following along with what is happening in the story.

Attention Span: Preschool age children have short attention spans so look for books that are appropriate for the age group you are reading to.

Rhythm and Rhyme: There are many terrific authors who write their books with catchy rhythm and rhyme. These books are great for building pre-reading skills.

Repetition: There are also many terrific authors who write their books with repetitive phrasing. These books are also great for building pre-reading skills.

Interesting Topics: Choosing books with topics that children understand, enjoy, and can relate to is an important part of keeping children engaged in the reading process.

Learn the Difference: There is a difference between a book that is better when read one-on-one with a child and a book that works well for reading aloud to a group of students.

Do Your Homework: Take time to review the books you choose to read-aloud. See if the book you have chosen is one you enjoy as well.

Develop Your Skills: No matter how well written a children’s book is, you have to be prepared and skilled at reading-aloud. This just takes practice. So be sure and practice this skill and the more you do, the more you and your young students will enjoy reading together.

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