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Find books to foster early literacy with kids as well as tips for parents in our Cedar Mill Reads newsletter for October 16, 2010.

Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Reading aloud to children every day is the best thing you can do to help them get ready to become readers!

Six pre-reading skills your child can learn from birth:

  • Print motivation - A child's interest in and enjoyment of books.
  • Vocabulary - Knowing the names of things.
  • Print awareness - Noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, and how to follow the written word on a page.
  • Letter knowledge - Learning to name letters, knowing they have sounds, and recognizing them everywhere.
  • Narrative skills - The ability to describe things and events and  tell stories.
  • Phonological awareness - The ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words; being able to hear and use rhymes.


Books for Babies (birth to 23 months)
When choosing books for babies, look for: board books with pictures of other babies; rhythm and rhyme; bright, bold pictures; simple text; repetition.  Snuggle with your baby and read for a short time. Many short exposures is better than one long reading time. Stop when your baby tells you when she is done. For more book recommendations for babies, take a look at our longer booklist.

Black on White

Black on White
By Hoban, Tana
1993-05 - Greenwillow Books
9780688119188 Check Our Catalog

Black illustrations against a white background depict such objects as an elephant, butterfly, and leaf. (Baby/Preschool) …More

Baby Faces

Baby Faces
By Miller, Margaret
Photographer Miller, Margaret
1998-04 - Little Simon
9780689819117 Check Our Catalog

These spectacularly photographed baby faces are big, bright and bound to be adored. "Baby Faces" captures all the smiles, pouts, and goofy looks that make little faces so completely captivating. "What's on My Head?" features close-cropped baby faces with deliciously silly things on their heads. Full color.-3 yrs. …More

The Baby Goes Beep

The Baby Goes Beep
By O'Connell, Rebecca
Illustrator Wilson-Max, Ken
2003-08 - Roaring Brook Press
0761317899 Check Our Catalog

CCBC Choices - 2004
See how the baby goes
Busy Baby!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
By Martin, Bill, Jr.
Illustrator Stringari
Illustrator Carle, Eric
1992-04 - Henry Holt & Company
0805017445 Check Our Catalog

A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Combined with Martin's sing-song text, Carle's boldly colored collages create unforgettable images of these endearing animals. Full color. …More

Tickle, Tickle

Tickle, Tickle
By Oxenbury, Helen
Illustrator Oxenbury, Helen
1999-05 - Little Simon
0689819862 Check Our Catalog

Oxenbury's tremendously successful board book is back with a bright new look. Her simple text and lovable art make her one of the world's most popular children's book illustrators. Full color. …More

Books for 2s & 3s
When choosing books for 2 & 3 year olds, look for: books with rhythm and rhyme; repetition; bright, bold pictures; simple text; predictable story; simple ABC books; and books about what is real for 2 & 3 year olds. Follow your child's interests! For more book recommendations for 2 &3 year olds, take a look at our longer booklist.

Chicka Chicka ABC

Chicka Chicka ABC
By Martin, Bill, Jr.
Joint Author Archambault, John
Illustrator Ehlert, Lois
1993-09 - Little Simon
067187893X Check Our Catalog

All the letters in the alphabet race up the coconut tree in this colorful board book version of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Full color. …More

The Napping House

The Napping House
By Wood, Audrey
Author Wood, Don
Illustrator Wood, Don
1984-01 - Harcourt Children's Books
0152567089 Check Our Catalog

A colorful riot of a bedtime story about sleepy people and animals napping in a cozy bed. Full-color illustrations throughout. "Booklist" Editors' Choice; Golden Kite Award; IRA/CBC Children's Choice; NCTE Teachers' Choice; "New York Times" Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. …More

I Love Trucks!

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I Love Trucks!
By Sturges, Philemon
Author Halpern, Shari
Illustrator Halpern, Shari
1999-02 - HarperCollins
9780060278199 Check Our Catalog

A child names many of his favorite trucks and each one's most notable characteristic. …More

Good Night, Gorilla

Good Night, Gorilla
By Rathmann, Peggy
1996-02 - G. P. Putnam's Sons
0399230033 Check Our Catalog

At bedtime, the little gorilla cleverly grabs the zookeeper's keys and frees a parade of animals to follow the keeper home to bed. The zookeeper's wife returns them all--or does she? (Baby/Preschool) …More

The Baby Beebee Bird

The Baby Beebee Bird
By Massie, Diane Redfield
Author Kellogg, Steven
Illustrator Kellogg, Steven
2000-09 - HarperCollins
0060280832 Check Our Catalog

The baby beebee bird, new to the zoo, is singing his song all night long! Until, that is, the other animals come up with a plan to teach the bird that nighttime is really best for sleeping--especially for little birds. Full color. …More

Books for 4s & 5s
When choosing books for 4 & 5 year olds, look for: stories with action and description; funny characters in silly situations; stories about families, friends, and relationships; non-fiction with accurate information and detailed pictures; subjects the child shows interest in; counting books, ABC books, and shapes; books with rhymes and simple poems; and books about the child's concerns, feelings, and real life experiences, such as getting ready for school or a new sibling. For more book recommendations for 4 & 5 year olds, take a look at our longer booklist.

Tanka Tanka Skunk!

Tanka Tanka Skunk!
By Webb, Steve
2004-06 - Orchard
0439578442 Check Our Catalog

"Skunka TankaSkunka Tanka Tanka Tanka Skunk! They've got the beat, and so do their friends.""Meet Tanka and his friend, Skunk. When you say their names together, they sound like drums!" Steve Webb's innovative and visually stunning picture book introduces young readers to simple rhythms with this riot of shout-out-loud words and cavorting animals. TANKA TANKA SKUNK! makes reading tons of fun as the text and the illustrations leap and dance across the pages. …More

Signs in Our World

Signs in Our World
By DK Publishing
2006-03 - DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
9780756618346 Check Our Catalog


Superhero ABC

Superhero ABC
By McLeod, Bob
Illustrator McLeod, Bob
2006-02 - HarperCollins Publishers
9780060745158 Check Our Catalog

Silly and zany, and armed with the most unusual skills, these heroes are out to save the world-one letter at a time! bubble-Man blows big bubbles at bullies, and laughing lass laughs at lawbreakers! together, these one-of-a-kind defenders represent the ABC's in a way never seen before.

Renowned comic-book illustrator bob mcleod has created a full cast of humorous and delightful characters, sure to please anyone in need of a hero to save the day.

The Gunniwolf

The Gunniwolf
By Harper, Wilhelmina
Retold by Harper, Wilhelmina
Illustrator Upton, Barbara
2003-06 - Dutton Children's Books
0525467858 Check Our Catalog

Unavailable for years, Harper's classic is available once again with new illustrations by Upton. Little Girl is forbidden to enter the jungle for fear of meeting the Gunniwolf. But when she does, this version's Gunniwolf seems almost playful--if just a little scary. Full color. …More

Fancy Nancy

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Fancy Nancy
By O'Connor, Jane
Illustrator Glasser, Robin Preiss
2005-12 - HarperCollins Publishers
9780060542092 Check Our Catalog

The star of two #1 "New York Times" bestsellers is back in an all-new tale of frills, frou, and the fanciest of all things that flutter--butterflies. Full color. …More

Books for Parents
These books for parents provide support and tips for reading with babies and young children.

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever
By Fox, Mem
Illustrator Horacek, Judy
2008-07 - Harvest Books
9780156035101 Check Our Catalog

A new and revised edition! Bestselling children's author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read.
With passion and humor, Fox speaks of when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and how to get the most out of a read-aloud session. She discusses the three secrets of reading, offers guidance on defining and choosing good books, and addresses the challenges that can arise. And this new edition boasts twenty pages of fresh material, including two new chapters on boy readers and phonics, a foreword, and a list of "Twenty Books that Children Love."
Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a favorite of educators and parents and a must-have for anyone interested in how children learn to read.

Baby Read-Aloud Basics: Fun and Interactive Ways to Help Your Little One Discover the World of Words

Baby Read-Aloud Basics: Fun and Interactive Ways to Help Your Little One Discover the World of Words
By Blakemore, Caroline
Author Weston Ramirez, Barbara
2006-07 - AMACOM/American Management Association
081447358X Check Our Catalog

Decades of research have proven the value of reading aloud to children. Children who are read to regularly speak earlier, read on their own sooner, and benefit from an increased vocabularies and attention spans. Organized around the six stages of early language development from birth to age two, Baby Read-Aloud Basics provides parents with simple but effective techniques for reading to their baby. Parents will learn: tips for making reading aloud an interactive experience; how to select what to read aloud; when to read and how often in order to create a reading routine that's both enjoyable and effective; how to ensure their baby gets the right amount of language from a nanny or a caretaker; how best to manage reading in a bilingual home …More

Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent's Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills from Birth to 5

Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent's Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills from Birth to 5
By Bennett-Armistead, V. Susan
Author Duke, Nell K.
Author Moses, Annie M.
2007-09 - Scholastic
0439892317 Check Our Catalog

While most parents understand the importance of promoting literacy in their young children, they often aren't sure how to do it. This book provides guidance. Taking a ""literacy-throughout-the-day"" approach, the authors organize the book around spaces in the home-the kitchen, bedroom, living room, and so forth-and suggest fun, stimulating activities for building children's reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in those spaces. Filled with tips, photos, milestones to watch for, and great ideas to try today, Beyond Bedtime Stories is essential reading. For use with Grades PreK-K. …More

The Between the Lions (R) Book for Parents: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn to Read

The Between the Lions (R) Book for Parents: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn to Read
By Rath, Linda K.
Author Kennedy, Louise
2005-01 - Collins
0060510285 Check Our Catalog

This lively and much-needed guide for parents is chock full of information, activities, and tips for helping their children learn to read, based on the award-winning PBS series. Line art throughout. …More

Wow! I'm Reading: Fun Activities to Make Reading Happen

Wow! I'm Reading: Fun Activities to Make Reading Happen
By Hauser, Jill Frankel
2000-05 - Williamson Publishing Company
1885593414 Check Our Catalog

Containing more than 50 engaging activities, based on proven techniques from a teacher who knows, this resource can effectively teach young children to read. …More

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