Good books are the foundation of every preschool reading program. As a parent, you should not only be concerned with how often you read to your children, but also with the quality of the books you are reading. With so many books flooding the preschool market, it can be difficult to decide which books to use. Here are 3 tips for choosing great books for your preschooler:
1. Choose books with vivid illustrations. Look for books that contain beautiful drawings and illustrations that will help your children stay focused and engaged in the story. Non fiction books that contain diagrams and photographs can greatly enhance your child’s understanding of science topics.
2. Choose books that are interactive. Look for books that encourage your child to participate in the story. Books that ask your child to find hidden objects will help your child gain visual discrimination skills that are essential for preschool reading. Books that ask your child questions about the story help build reasoning and critical thinking skills. Lift the flap books and touchy feely books are great resources for hands on learners.
3. Choose books with classic storylines. Look for books that retell classic stories, fairytales and nursery rhymes. These are not only morally sound and entertaining, they enhance cultural literacy. In addition to classic stories, look for ones that relate to your child’s interests. Books with entertaining characters like princesses, pirates and cowboys are always a hit with preschoolers.
You can find book suggestions for your preschooler by speaking with your librarian or by looking at the book lists of popular preschool curriculum providers like Sonlight, Five in a Row and Winter Promise.