Stories for Kids: 12 Books for National Literacy Month

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What are the best stories for kids? It’s frequently a question from parents and caregivers — and Reach Out and Read offers some suggestions that are perfect for National Literacy Month.

Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that “gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.”

The site offers “experts’ favorite books and tips to help you read to your little one. As Ellen Galinsky writes, “For a long time, we’ve been told, “read to children!” As important as this message is, it has frustrated me. It’s not JUST reading to children that matters; it is HOW we read to children that has benefits for us and for them.”

Reading Tips & Stories for Kids: 6-12 Months

  • “Small books are perfect for babies’ hands. It is a normal developmental behavior for babies to put items in their mouths. The thick cardboard pages of a board book are designed to withstand this action. Books are the perfect way to entertain a baby in a carriage or crib.”
  • “Board books with photos of babies fascinate infants. Name the parts of the babies’ face as you speak to your child. For example, ‘See the baby’s nose. You have a nose too.’ You can touch the photo and then your baby’s nose as you say this to reinforce the word ‘nose.'”

Book ideas: Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks From A to Z & Smile!

Reading Tips & Stories for Kids: 12-18 Months

  • “Books that introduce sounds are perfect for using with your baby. For example, ask your baby, ‘What sound does the dog make?’ This game reinforces language development and is fun to play!”
  • “This tactile board book features objects and animals familiar to your baby. You can name an object and point to the image to help reinforce language development.”

Book ideas: Clifford’s Animal Sounds & Hide and Peek

Reading Tips & Stories for Kids: 18-24 Months

  • “Rhyming texts, with their repeated patterns, increase your child’s awareness of how language works. Rhymes help your children begin to decode the sounds that make up words.”
  • “Reading together helps increase your child’s vocabulary. As their words develop, children will start filling in familiar parts of their favorite stories.”

Book ideas: Polar Bear & You Are My Sunshine

Reading Tips & Stories for Kids: 24-36 Months

  • “A rhyming text introduces numeracy skills to young children as they learn to count the monkeys in this appealing book. Books are filled with so many learning opportunities!”
  • “Books can be used to help establish a bedtime routine, which can make bedtime pleasant for children. Using books with repetitive text helps set the routine for a good night for both parents and children!”

Book suggestions for older children include:

  • Big Dog… Little Dog (3 year olds)
  • Stone Soup (4 year olds)
  • Maybe a Bear Ate It & Mufaro (5 year olds)

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