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Help My Child To Read: 4 Tips to Select Print Salient Books
Print-salient books entice children to observe print and motive conversation about print. Increasing your child’s print awareness is an important step in preparing a young child to learn to read.
In a previous post, I define salient print and give a list of my 10 favorite print salient books. If you’re interested in learning more about print saliency, please read that post.
I’m further diving into print saliency by sharing 4 tips to help YOU choose print salient books.
Because what happens if you take a visit to your library and all my recommended books are checked out or not available?
You’ll have to select your own.
Furthermore, there’s a small, tiny, little chance that you may not like my recommendations. If you don’t, please let me know as I love hearing from my readers.
Without further ado, as you have important things to do and I have delightful clients to treat, here are the 4 tips:
- Books averaging fewer than 5 words per page (if it’s a few more words, don’t worry – key word is average.)
- Large, bold font size 20 or larger (that’s pretty noticeable font)
- Repetitive print (words or text that appear numerous times in the story)
- Appealing pictures that complement the storyline and enhance text
The PDF below is in my freebie library! It’s available in black and white.
Justice, L., & Kaderavek, J. (2002). Using shared storybook reading to promote emergent literacy. Teaching Exceptional Children, 34 (4), 8-13.
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