With the holiday season wrapping up, there are many items that made each child's wish list. However, books are a valuable gift that can enrich a child's life year round. Books can also provide several learning opportunities to support early literacy such as language development, print awareness, and increased vocabulary.
According to NAEYC, "Children who have lots of experiences with books absorb the rhythms and patterns of language and, at surprisingly early ages, begin to imitate the language and gestures their parents and caregivers use while sharing stories, sometimes turning pages and murmuring as they “read” the pictures." Giving the gift of books and sharing books together gives young children the skills necessary to become proficient readers. And we all know that proficient readers have more success in school and life.
The following list is my top five favorite chlidren books created from the Scholastic 100 Greatest Books for Kids.
1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
3. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
4. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
5. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
For a complete list please click the following link:
Schickedanz, J. 1999. Much More than the ABCs: The Early Stages of Reading and Writing. Washington, DC: NAEYC.