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When you think of elephants and pigs you probably don’t conjure up images of best friends playing hide and seek, going on long road trips, eating ice cream or dancing together. All of that is about to change when you read Mo Willems, Elephant and Piggie series.

Elephant, or Gerald as he is better known, is cautious and at times pessimistic (an elephant after my own heart), while Piggie is simply impulsive – Together they make the perfect pair that will keep you laughing book after book.

Not only are their books hysterical, but they are fantastic easy readers that will help children learn how to read. (Learn more about Willems series philosophy here.) They are also wonderful Early Literacy books. They will keep you and your children reading for hours AND demonstrate proper conversation etiquette. So again in just one book we hit two of the American Library Associations Five Early Literacy Practices: Reading and Talking.

Make sure you check out their website (actually it’s the Pigeon’s website, but he is kind enough to share) for even more interactive fun and laughs!

READ – It’s That Easy

Reading is easily one of the most important and the most commonly thought of activity for you to do with your child. However, studies indicate that shared reading isn’t done much anymore.

Shared reading develops a child’s vocabulary and comprehension, nurtures a love for reading and motivates children to want to read on their own later. All of this is good because kids need to know close to 100,000 words in order to be critical thinkers and strong readers; and what better way to learn than through books? By reading together you also model how to use books, you have the opportunity to explain scenes in your own words, you use a variety of words in a variety of ways and you expose children to voice inflection.

So by simply sitting down together to read a book or two you will have the opportunity to help your child in immeasurable ways.

Some of the ways you can add reading into your daily lives are by:

  • Reading a book
  • Reenacting a book
  • Putting on a puppet show based on a book
  • Reading nursery rhymes
  • Attending a storytime at the library
  • And as a bonus: Most of the books published also incorporate at least one, if not more, of the other Early Literacy Practices!

Check out the library’s website, or come into the library to pick up an Early Literacy brochure for book suggestions. It’s not too late to sign up for the Marshall District Library’s annual Summer Reading Club. We have something for all ages all summer long, so we hope to see you soon!

This is the final post in our Five Early Literacy Practices discussion series. I hope you have found these blogs beneficial and have begun to incorporate the Five Early Literacy Practices in your daily lives. Make sure you stay tuned for additional posts on Early Literacy. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like more information please do not hesitate to contact the library at 269-781-7821, ext 15.

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