Help My Child To Read: 4 Tips to Help Select Print Salient Books

Help My Child to Read: 4 Tips to Help Select Print Salient Books

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.


How to Select Print Salilent Books

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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. Who knows? 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:

  1. Books averaging fewer than 5 words per page (if it’s a few more words, don’t worry – key word is average.)
  2. Large, bold font size 20 or larger (that’s pretty noticeable font)
  3. Repetitive print (words or text that appear numerous times in the story)
  4. Appealing pictures that complement the storyline and enhance text


Justice, L., & Kaderavek, J. (2002). Using shared storybook reading to promote emergent literacy. Teaching Exceptional Children, 34 (4), 8-13.

Kimberly Scanlon, M.A. CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist, an author and a mother. As the owner of Scanlon Speech Therapy, LLC, a unique boutique practice in Bergen County, Kimberly embraces individuality and treats the whole person. Her goal is to spread compassion, hope, and some speech, language and literacy tips one moment, one person at a time.  Her first book, My Toddler Talks: Strategies and Activities to Promote Your Child’s Language Development and her second book, Learning to Read is a Ball are available for purchase at online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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