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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! 

 book cover Title:
One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre

Skills:
• Background Knowledge
• Print Awareness
• Vocabulary

Practices:
• Talking
• Reading

Extend the book with a paper plate crab!
Book Cover Title:
Clem and Crab by Fiona Lumbers

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

Practices:
• Talking
• Reading

Extend the Book with a paper plate crab!

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

Preschool Events
Fri, Apr 23, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sat, Apr 24, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sun, Apr 25, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

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

Wed, Apr 28, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Wed, Apr 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

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

Sat, May 01, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sun, May 02, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, May 04, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Wed, May 05, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Fri, May 07, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sat, May 08, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sun, May 09, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, May 11, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Wed, May 12, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Fri, May 14, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sat, May 15, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sun, May 16, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

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

Wed, May 19, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Fri, May 21, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sat, May 22, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Family Events
Mon, Apr 26, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Wed, Apr 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Thu, Apr 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Mon, May 03, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Tue, May 04, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Thu, May 06, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Mon, May 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Thu, May 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room

Tue, May 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Lake County Public Library Zoom Room