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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!

Want more hand-picked kids' books? You can request a surprise bag of kids' books for curbside pickup! 

snow book cover Title:
Snow by Manya Stojic

Skills:
• Phonological Awareness
• Background Knowledge
• Letter Knowledge
• Vocabulary
• Narrative Skills
• Print Awareness

Practices:
• Talking
• Reading

Extend the book with an ice painting activity!
hoot owl Book Cover Title:
Hoot, Owl! by Shelby Alinsky

Skills:
• Vocabulary
• Background Knowledge
• Print Awareness

Practices:
• Reading
• Talking
• Writing
• Playing

Extend the Book with a letter owl!

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

Preschool Events
Sun, Jan 17, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Mon, Jan 18, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Jan 19, 10:30am - 10:45am
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Wed, Jan 20, 10:30am - 10:45am
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Fri, Jan 22, 10:30am - 10:45am
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Sat, Jan 23, 10:30am - 10:45am
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Sun, Jan 24, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Jan 26, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Wed, Jan 27, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Wed, Jan 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Fri, Jan 29, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sat, Jan 30, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sun, Jan 31, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Feb 02, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Fri, Feb 05, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Family Events
Tue, Jan 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville

Rescheduled
Wed, Jan 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
New date Tuesday, January 12, 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Rescheduled
Wed, Jan 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
New date Tuesday, January 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Tue, Jan 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Wed, Jan 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Thu, Jan 28, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Mon, Feb 01, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Tue, Feb 02, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Wed, Feb 03, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Thu, Feb 04, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Fri, Feb 05, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Mon, Feb 08, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Fri, Feb 12, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Mon, Feb 15, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room