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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!

green is a chile pepper book cover Title:
Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Thong

Skills:
• Background Knowledge
• Phonological Awareness
• Print Motivation

Practices:
• Talking

Extend the book with a color-sorting game!

if you're a monster and you know it Book Cover Title:
If You're a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley

Skills:
• Print Motivation
• Phonological Awareness

Practices:
• Playing
• Singing

Extend the Book with a splat paint monster!

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

Preschool Events
Wed, Oct 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Oct 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Oct 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Oct 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Oct 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Oct 28, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Oct 28, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Oct 28, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Mon, Oct 28, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Oct 28, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Oct 28, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Oct 29, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 29, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 29, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Thu, Oct 31, 10:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Nov 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Nov 04, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Nov 04, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Nov 04, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Nov 04, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Tables

Tue, Nov 05, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Tue, Nov 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Nov 05, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 05, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 05, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 06, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Nov 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 06, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 06, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 06, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Nov 07, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Nov 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster Library - Children's Area

Fri, Nov 08, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Nov 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

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

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

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

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

Mon, Nov 11, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

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

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

Mon, Nov 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Nov 12, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 12, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Nov 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Nov 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

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

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

Tue, Nov 12, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Nov 12, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 12, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 13, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Nov 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 13, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 13, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 13, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Nov 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Nov 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Nov 14, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Fri, Nov 15, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Nov 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
DS: Children's Area

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart Library - Children's Area

Mon, Nov 18, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

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

Mon, Nov 18, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Nov 18, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

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

Mon, Nov 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Nov 19, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Tue, Nov 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Nov 19, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Nov 19, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 19, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 19, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 19, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 20, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 20, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Family Events
Wed, Oct 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 23, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Oct 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Oct 24, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Fri, Oct 25, 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Sat, Oct 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Oct 28, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Oct 28, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Mon, Oct 28, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Oct 28, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Oct 28, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Oct 28, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Canceled
Tue, Oct 29, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville

Tue, Oct 29, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Sat, Nov 02, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Mon, Nov 04, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Nov 04, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Nov 04, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Tables

Canceled
Tue, Nov 05, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville

Wed, Nov 06, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 06, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Nov 07, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Nov 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Nov 08, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Nov 09, 10:00am - 11:00am
Highland - Meeting Room A

Mon, Nov 11, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Nov 11, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Nov 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

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

Canceled
Tue, Nov 12, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville

Tue, Nov 12, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 13, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Nov 14, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Thu, Nov 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Nov 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
DS: Children's Area

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart Library - Children's Area

Mon, Nov 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Mon, Nov 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Canceled
Tue, Nov 19, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville