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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!

Who has wiggle waggle toes book cover Title:
Who Has Wiggle Waggle Toes? by Vicky Shiefman

Skills:
• Vocabulary
• Background Knowledge

Practices:
• Talking
• Singing
• Playing

Extend the Book with movement cards!

The Color Monster Book Cover Title:
The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas

Skills:
• Narrative Skills
• Background Knowledge
• Vocabulary

Practices:
• Reading
• Talking
• Playing

Extend the Book with a coloring activity!

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

Preschool Events
Tue, Jul 23, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Canceled
Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago

Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:30am
Riverview Park

Tue, Jul 23, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jul 24, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Thu, Jul 25, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer/Schererville Library: East parking lot

Mon, Jul 29, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 29, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jul 29, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jul 30, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 30, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 30, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 31, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jul 31, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Aug 13, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Aug 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Aug 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Fri, Aug 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Aug 19, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Aug 19, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Aug 19, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Aug 20, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Aug 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Aug 20, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Aug 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Aug 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Aug 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Aug 21, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Aug 22, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Family Events
Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:30am
Riverview Park

Tue, Jul 23, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 24, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 24, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jul 25, 10:30am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer/Schererville Library: East parking lot

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 26, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 26, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 26, 3:00pm - 4:45pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 27, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Merrillville

Tue, Jul 30, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
This event is full

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

Tue, Jul 30, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jul 30, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station - New Chicago Library - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jul 31, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 31, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 31, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jul 31, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago Library - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Aug 02, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Hobart Branch - Public Seating Area

Tue, Aug 06, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Aug 07, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Aug 10, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Mon, Aug 12, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Aug 13, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Aug 13, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Aug 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Wed, Aug 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Tue, Aug 20, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Aug 21, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room