What Preschoolers Like In Books (4 - 5 Years of Age)
- Books that tell stories
- Books that make them laugh
- Books with simple text they can memorize
- Books about kids that are like them - also books that introduce children who are different from them
- Books about going to school and books about making friends
- Books that have playful or rhyming language
- Alphabet books, counting books, and vocabulary books
- Books about the real world - trucks, dinosaurs, insects
For Print Motivation:
- Non-Fiction Books can follow a preschooler's fascination about the world around them. Let them know the things they love can be found in books!
- Repeated Phrases and Patterned Texts Books make it easy for preschoolers to jump in and participate.
- Read an old favorite of yours. Your enthusiasm will be contagious!
For Phonological Awareness:
- Song Books are a great way to help them hear the smaller sounds in words. Preschoolers will enjoy song collections that keep everyone singing!
- Rhyming Books can have a good rhythm to the language, even if they are not written in formal "poem" stanzas. They are some of the best ways to build phonological awareness skills.
- Preschoolers are ready for longer rhyming collections.
- Picture Books build vocabulary because they have more "rare" words than our casual conversation.
- Books that incorporate questions to the reader are great conversation starters. The more we talk with our children, the larger their vocabularies will be.
- ABC Books often are full of objects to name and things to discuss.
For Narrative Skills:
- Stories that explore daily events, the passing seasons, or steps involved in making something, help children understand sequence.
- Hearing different versions of familiar folktales help make children aware of the basic structure of a story.
- Wordless and Nearly Wordless Books let children tell stories in their own words.
For Print Awareness:
- Books about reading and writing are great ways to help build a child's interest in and awareness of books and print.
For Letter Knowledge:
- Preschoolers are starting to learn letter sounds as well as letter shapes. You can use I Spy Books to look for objects that start with a certain sound.
- Preschoolers are also ready for more sophisticated alphabet books that play with letter shapes, letter sounds, and vocabulary.