Notes from Story Time Category: Reading

Read to Your Baby

We all know it is good to read to children, but why is it important and at what age should you start?    

Reading aloud to children is important because even well before children can recognize printed words or letters, reading aloud teaches children that printed words have meaning.  It also shows the correct way to hold a book, which way to turn the pages, and which direction to read the words.  All these skills will set a child up for learning to read. 

When should you start reading aloud?  It is never to early to start!  Even young babies will benefit from hearing caregivers read. Establishing a routine of reading, such as a couple books before bed, will help make regular reading a part of the daily routine.  

What to read?  Whatever you or your child likes!  With very young children, shorter books and books with repetitive language are good choices.  Here are some of our favorites:

Global Babies

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

How to be a Cat by Nikki McClure

Who? A Celebration of Babies by Robie Harris

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

Preschool Favorites

As children get older, they begin to exhibit preferences for certain reading topics.  Getting children involved in selecting books will create more excitement when it is time to read.   

Preschoolers love to be part of the story.  Pausing to ask for predictions, pausing to ask how characters feel in the book, or questioning why a character made a certain choice are all ways to get kids engaged in the story.   

For more tips on how to make reading interactive, check out this website from Amanda Morgan, an early childhood educator and consultant.

Below are some are sure-fire favorites:

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Windblown by Edouard Manceau

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury

Spoon by Amy Rosenthal


Go for a walk and enjoy a story along the way! Look for signs with pages of the bilingual book “Salsa” by Jorge Argueta at several parks this month.

Stay tuned for more locations and book titles!

story walk

Elephant and Piggie

Your friends Elephant and Piggie have missed you. Watch Miss Laura’s fun storytime in celebration of Pig Day and then don’t forget to check out some of your favorite Elephant and Piggie titles from the Library.

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We’re Going on Safari

Books are an easy way to introduce your child to so many fun things such as taking a safari without ever leaving your home. First, read one or all of these titles: Yikes by Robert Florczak, Way Far Away on a Wild Safari by Jan Peck, and Starry Safari by Linda Ashman. Then encourage your child to do some of the activities they contain. Bake some animals cookies. If you don’t have fancy cookie cutters, your children can make their own shapes. Then have your children create their own wildlife park using their toys and stuffed animals. To top off the fun, learn about real animals by using your Mount Prospect Library card to log into PebbleGo to watch videos, listen to animal noises, and learn fun facts.