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Beguiling Books: Recommended picture and chapter books for reading to 4-6 year olds

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Near kindergarten age, the possible read-alouds start opening up into a world of exploration and discovery. Here are some of the types of books to read to your 4 to 6 year old. Follow their interests, but also read several different kinds of books to diversify types of stories and language used. If you haven't already, catch up on our last post about reading to preschoolers. Repeated note: Books that are great for learning to read are not necessarily the same books that are great read aloud books!  Picture books Read old favorites or find new. Children will enjoy the unwritten part of the...

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Beguiling Books: Recommended children's books for reading out loud to preschoolers

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Somewhere between ages 2(ish) and 4(ish), something magical starts happening when a book is opened. Instead of being a of words and sound, reading a book becomes a story where stuff happens. Book characters start becoming friends that kids like to hear about over and over. Some would argue that children these ages should be read a diet of well-respected literature (think Great Books educators), while others argue that any book a kid loves is a great book. In our opinion, while not any book is a great book (oh, we've had some doozies of bad books), teaching the practice of reading any book is better than...

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Beguiling Books: Recommended children's books for reading out loud to toddlers

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At 18 months to 3 years old, children are busy. However much they love to read, they may only have time for a favorite page or two before they are on to the next thing. My toddler likes to see the bouncy ball in My Daddy and I, and wants to talk about the cheese and strawberries on a lift-the-flap first words book, and then she's done. Encourage reading time by choosing books where you can clap, sing, or have other motions that accompany the words, e.g. beautifully illustrated renditions of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." Older toddlers may...

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