Stern Center’s Building Blocks for Literacy® program teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children.
Our Building Blocks coordinator, Brenda Buzzell, has compiled a list of books that are not only fun to read with young children, but also helpful in promoting the three focus areas of the Building Blocks program: Shared Book Reading, Phonological Awareness and the Speech-to-Print connection.
Shared Book Reading: Reading with your child rather than to your child is the key here. Making reading interactive by asking questions about the story and talking about the pictures is not only a great way to connect with your child, but key to helping your children develop language, build comprehension and learn more about print. Here are 10 books to help promote Shared Book Reading:
•Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
•Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
•Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
•HUG by Jez Alborough
•Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
•Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges
•The Mitten by Jan Brett
•Stone Soup by Ann McGovern
•Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
•Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Krauss