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Reading with kids makes them more likely to succeed in school

Reading Aloud & Early Literacy

Reading helps children learn:

  • Letters and their sounds

  • Phonological awareness (rhyming; breaking down words into sounds)

  • Narrative skills and comprehension

  • Background knowledge (learning about the world around them)

  • Vocabulary

  • Print awareness (the way a book is organized; learning that print has meaning; loving books)

In other words, reading aloud can teach children all the oral language components they need to know in order to become successful readers. But perhaps the most important thing reading out loud can teach children is a love of reading. If the reading aloud experience is fun and pleasurable, a child will want to learn to read and will work hard to learn, even if it is sometimes a struggle. So...

HOW we read with young children is every bit as important - or more important! - as how often we read with them.Reading with your child makes reading fun for them!

For example:

  • If children are actively involved in the reading aloud experience, they learn more early literacy skills - and it's more fun!

  • Talk, talk, talk - about the story and the pictures. Encourage your child to participate with repeated phrases, animal sounds, and so on. Ask your child what is happening in the pictures or to predict what will happen next. If something in the story or the pictures prompts a memory in your child's life, talk about it! Have a conversation around the book and always keep it fun!

Here are three great ways to read aloud with a child:

Dialogic Reading

Shared Reading

Picture Book Walk

This Month's Featured Reads!

LCPL staff have selected these books because kids love them and they help build important pre-reading skills. Check them out today!

Shapes, Reshape! book cover Title:
Shapes, Reshape! by Silvia Borando

Skills:
• Vocabulary
• Narrative Skills

Practices:
• Talking
• Writing

Extend the Book with animal shapes!

Can You Make a Scary Face Book Cover Title:
Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas

Skills:
• Print Motivation

Practices:
• Playing

Extend the Book with a ladybug craft!

TumbleBook of the Day (by Indiana State Library and Tumblebooks)

Preschool Events
Tue, May 21, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, May 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Tue, May 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, May 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, May 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Thu, May 23, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Thu, May 23, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Sat, May 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, May 28, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, May 28, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, May 29, 10:30am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)

Sat, Jun 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jun 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jun 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jun 03, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jun 03, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jun 03, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jun 03, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jun 04, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 04, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jun 04, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jun 04, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jun 04, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 04, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jun 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jun 05, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jun 05, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)

Thu, Jun 06, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Thu, Jun 06, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster Branch - Children's Area

Fri, Jun 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Jun 07, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Jun 07, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jun 07, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jun 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Jun 08, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jun 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Rescheduled
Mon, Jun 10, 10:30am - 12:00pm
New date Monday, June 10, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake

Mon, Jun 10, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jun 10, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jun 10, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jun 10, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jun 10, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jun 11, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 11, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 11, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Registration opens Tuesday, May 21 2019 at 9:00am

Tue, Jun 11, 11:00am - 11:30am
Riverview Park

Tue, Jun 11, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 11, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
Registration opens Tuesday, May 21 2019 at 9:00am

Tue, Jun 11, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 11, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Festival Park

Tue, Jun 11, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jun 12, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jun 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Registration opens Wednesday, May 22 2019 at 9:00am

Wed, Jun 12, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 12, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Thu, Jun 13, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Jun 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jun 14, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jun 14, 11:00am - 12:15pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jun 14, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Rescheduled
Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
New date Monday, June 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake

Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jun 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jun 17, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jun 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Registration opens Monday, May 27 2019 at 9:00am

Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Registration opens Tuesday, May 28 2019 at 9:00am

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jun 18, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 18, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 18, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Family Events
Tue, May 21, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
This event is full

Sat, May 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, May 28, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
This event is full

Sat, Jun 01, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Sat, Jun 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jun 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jun 03, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jun 03, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jun 04, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jun 04, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jun 05, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jun 05, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jun 05, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jun 05, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)

Wed, Jun 05, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jun 06, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jun 07, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - YES-Courtyard

Fri, Jun 07, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jun 07, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jun 07, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jun 07, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jun 08, 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Sat, Jun 08, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Sat, Jun 08, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Sat, Jun 08, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jun 08, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jun 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jun 10, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jun 10, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jun 10, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 11, 11:00am - 11:30am
Riverview Park

Tue, Jun 11, 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Tue, Jun 11, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Festival Park

Tue, Jun 11, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jun 11, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jun 11, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 11, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jun 12, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jun 12, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jun 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Thu, Jun 13, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jun 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jun 14, 11:00am - 12:15pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jun 14, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jun 14, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jun 14, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jun 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jun 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jun 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Registration opens Monday, May 27 2019 at 9:00am

Tue, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jun 18, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Wed, Jun 19, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room