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What Reading experts say:
Dr. Nell Duke from Michigan State University states that nearly 44 million adults have difficulty extracting information from text and that a large percentage of American students have difficulty reading and writing informational text.

Reading for information is a lifelong skill. Use the natural curiosity of children to introduce your child to the world of knowledge inside books. Including nonfiction will help provide a balance and a variety of genre in your child's reading. Exposing your child to nonfiction will familiarize him with the structure of this type of book and will help him learn how to get information from the text. This early exposure will reflect positively in school.

There is evidence that a parent's beliefs and attitudes about reading will directly influence children's literacy skills. Parents who have respect for the information contained in books will pass that respect on to their children. Children need to know that learning happens all the time, not just at school.

What good readers know:
Good readers enjoy a balance of fiction and nonfiction books. They enjoy using nonfiction books to answer questions they may have ("Why do stars twinkle?") and are excited to share with others the information they learn in their nonfiction books.

What parents can do to help children Grow Up Reading™:
Week 1:
Visit the Library and sign up for Summer Reading. For details visit the library or the Summer Reading website at www.westbloomfieldlibrary.org/summer.
Week 2:
Read five books from the "Reading" booklist.
Week 3:
Plan a vacation day from TV. Mark it on the calendar. Go to the library and check out some books for your TV-free day.
Week 4:
Check off all the books you have read so far on the Counting the Days `til Kindergarten booklist. Count how many you've read and write the number on the calendar.

Activities - Reading:
  1. Read everywhere you go. Read signs on the side of the road while driving in the car, signs in a store, newspapers, magazines and items around your house. Modeling reading skills to your young child will set a positive life lesson about the importance and value of reading.
  2. Introducing the book. Always tell your child the title and author of each book. Before you begin to read a story, ask your child to predict what the story is about by just looking at the cover and the pictures. Ask questions such as “What do you think is happening here?”, and “What do you think will happen next?” Children learn best when they are actively involved.
  3. Visit the West Bloomfield Township Public Library and check out 75 of the best books to read to young children and Counting the days ‘til Kindergarten. These books are located near the kitchen and puppet tree area. They encourage a love of books and reading, while inspiring literacy skills, vocabulary, concepts of print, concept skills such as shapes, letters, and numbers and listening and comprehension skills.

More Great Books to Read(click on a title to check for availability at the Library)