The Importance of Reading to Preschool Children

Reading is the single most important way to help children get ready to read. Books with rich language help hold their interest long before they can read those words themselves. Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves.

There are many books in the library that contain rich language. One you might want to try is “Z is for Moose” by Kelly Bingham and cleverly illustrated by Paul Zelinsky. It is an alphabet book that      starts very calmly with A is for Apple, B is for Ball, C is for Cat — and the D is for Moose (Moose says). No, moose does not start with a D. Zebra is making this alphabet book and his friend Moose wants to fit in SOMEWHERE! At letter H, Moose asks if it is his turn yet. No! Surely at letter M, it will be Moose — but no it is Mouse. Then the book gets a bit VIOLENT! Moose starts trying to fit into each letter — he knocks over the Queen for Q; he tries to put antlers on the Snake for S to turn him into a Moose. Moose starts crying as the book nears an end and he is still not in the book — but on the last page, Zebra puts him in finally as “Z is for Zebra’s friend, Moose”. So, even though preschool children would not know all of the words of this story, it can be read to them and because of the exciting story hold their interest and attention.

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