90 Days of Summer Fun: Ready to Read

At Jade’s ToyBox, we believe kids are born ready to read. They love hearing the rhythm and sound of our voice when we read rhyming Dr. Seuss books. They love the pictures and the adventure of each new story. They love to finish the sound or the word in each new phrase. They love to correct us when we substitute a silly word for the word they’ve come to expect.

Many of us start reading to our child the day they are born, if not sooner. So why wait until kindergarten to explore book lists with your child?

This summer, let your kiddo pick out his or her favorite 5-10 books at the library or bookstore. Write the titles and authors down on a sheet of paper or chart, and make that your child’s summer reading list. Encourage and reinforce the reading adventures with rewards, but make those rewards tied to the reading. For example, if your daughter is like mine and reads books about kitties, let the reward for finishing all of the books on the list be a stuffed animal from the reading, or a new book about cats. Keep the reward connected to the excitement of reading.

Here are GREAT READING RESOURCES to get you started this summer with book lists for your toddler or preschooler:

1- Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2010
http://webstaging.bankstreet.edu/gems/bookcom/2010Under5.pdf

2-The Children’s Book Review http://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/topic/books-by-age/ages-baby-to-three-books-for-infants-and-toddlers

3-NYPL- Children’s Books 2009- 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing
http://kids.nypl.org/reading/childrensbks.cfm?ListID=391

4- NYPL- 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
http://kids.nypl.org/reading/recommended2.cfm?ListID=61

5- National Education Association’s Kids’ Top 100 Books http://www.nea.org/grants/13110.htm

6- Hunter College Elementary Summer Reading 2010
http://hces.hunter.cuny.edu/?m1=5&m2=2&m3=1

7- ALSC- Association for Library Service to Children- Building a Home Library
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/compubs/booklists/homelib/alacbcbuildinghomelbry.cfm

8- ALSC- Newbery Medal, Caldecott Metal & Recommended Booklists
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/audiencemenus/parents.cfm

9- The Book Hive, animated stories and book lists
http://www.plcmc.org/bookhive/books/

10- The Horn Book, reviews, author & illustrator interviews
http://www.hbook.com/resources/books/default.asp

11-CBC & International Reading Association, Children’s Choices Booklist
http://www.reading.org/Libraries/Choices/CC_Bookmark_2010.sflb.ashx

12-  CCBC- Cooperative Children’s Book Center, more resources!
http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/links/links.asp?idLinksCategory=2

13- Database of Award Winning Children’s Literature
http://www.dawcl.com/search.asp

14- Teaching Books.net
http://www.teachingbooks.net/

15- Teaching Guides for Children’s Books (see individual publishers for other titles)http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/HarperChildrens/Teachers/TeachingResources.aspx

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