The books on this page are for children who can sound out some words and recognize some sight words. They might sometimes still need help to read all of the words correctly and still need you nearby to get all of the way through a book.
The books featured on this page have large print with one to three short sentences on each page. The words in these books look like this:
Understanding that printed words have meaning is an important reading skill. This skill is called “print awareness.” Print awareness is when a child realizes, “I see letters!” and then “I see words!” when looking around his or her world.
Some important print awareness skills are:
print provides the reader with information
print is read from left to right
print is read from top to bottom
letters are used to form words
spaces appear between words
words are on paper, in books and on many things in our everyday environment (like signs and menus)
Here is a video that helps explain print awareness:
To help your child learn about print awareness…read to them. (of course!) But there are other ways to help them learn print awareness. You are probably already teaching your child print awareness and you don’t even know it. Here are some ideas:
Draw attention to environmental print (posters, signs, labels)
Try to label object in your child’s play area (shelf, chair, computer, table, door, etc.)
Explain and demonstrate how print works on the written page (title page, cover page, reading from left to right etc.)
Bring in age-appropriate magazines and set out newspapers. Even though they may not be able to read the words yet, preschool children love to explore the pictures and by sharing these “grown-up” materials they learn that text and pictures provide information.
Include real objects that use words into a child’s play. Use real menus and have writing pads to “take orders” when playing restaurant.
Put a phone book in their playhouse.
Bring in your junk mail, expired coupons, or old business cards for dramatic play.
Signs, empty food containers with labels, tickets, and play money are all ways children can play with environmental print.
Did you know that computers can help build print awareness too? Think about the information that you get daily from a computer or tablet and make a point of highlighting it to your preschooler. Look up the weather forecast, movie times, or a piece of news.
One way to reinforce the fact that we get information from books is to read a nonfiction book. Choose a subject that is interesting to your child or class and find an age-appropriate nonfiction book about it or you can look for books to connect with an experience such as a trip to the zoo or the changing seasons.
The books featured on this page are for children who can sound out or recognize many words. These books have larger print than regular chapter books but not as large print as beginning readers. These books have three, four or more sentences on each page. They are for children beginning to read by themselves who only need occasional help.