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Techniques for Improving Your Child's Literacy Skills

In this article, we will point out, in bullet-point format, what you, as a parent or guardian, can do to help facilitate literacy skills.

6-12 Months: With book in hand,

12 – 18 months

Some enjoyable books for this age are: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Moon Bear by Frank Asch; Corduroy by Don Freeman; Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt; Clap Hands by Helen Oxenbury; The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carles.

18 – 24 months

Some good books for this age are: The Little Red Hen by Bryon Barton; Wait Till The Moon is Full by Margaret Wise Brown; Clifford The Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell; All the books above, as well.

24 – 36 months

Good books for this age are: Curious George by H.A. Rey; Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon; The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess; Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag; All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury; Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker.

3 – 4 year olds

Some good books for this age include: Previous books discussed in greater detail; When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang; Where Does the Brown Bear Go? by Nicki Weiss; Where's Spot by Eric Hill; The Everything Book by Denis Fleming; Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats; Arthur's Birthday (and other "Arthur" books) by Marc Brown;


Good books for this age: Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat Danny and the Dinosaur by Sid Hoff Arthur's Reading Race by Marc Brown Berenstain Bears Go to School (and other Berenstain Bears books) - by Stan and Jan Berenstain; Red Light Green Light by Margaret Wise Brown.

How to help your first grader

First and Second Grade Books: Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish; Freight Train by Donald Crews; The Very Hungry Caterpillar (and other Very... books) by Eric Carle; Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel; There's An Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer; Freckle Juice by Judy Blume; Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business by Barbara Park; Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus; Mrs. Brice's Mice by Syd Hoff;

Second and Third graders benefit from

Second and Third Grade Books: Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Robert; There's A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar; Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole; Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder; Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne; Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume; The Hungry Thing - by Jan Slepian & Ann Seidler.

How you can help your child in the upper elementary grades

Specific, Graded Activities You Can Do To Help Your Child (Grades are approximate)

First to 5th Grade — ask clear, focused questions to help facilitate comprehension, such as:

Of course, keep it playful, and allow your child to ask you questions too!

Activities to facilitate phonological awareness (K – 1) Vocabulary activities
Reading comprehension
In addition to working on vocabulary:
Sight words-these word lists may be found online Sources for this article include:

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