Live, repetitive interaction is
- Dialogic reading: Read with children while engaging them throughout. Describe the illustrations (where's the frog, how many), describe what they think is happening, predict what might happen next (what's he doing, where's he going), personalise ideas (remember the frog at the park?), share feelings about things in the story, leave lines incomplete -- let them fill in the blanks!
Choose books that match your child's brain level of engagement. Stages of a reader (based on cognitive development):
- Attends to pictures, doesn't form stories - picture/photo books, flash cards
- Attends to pictures, forms oral stories - creates own story across the pages with "nonsense talk" - listener has to see pictures to follow along
- Attends to pictures, forms written stories - spoken words and intonations sound like reading
- Attends to print - recounts and retells stories they already know while pointing to the print rather than pictures, not actually "reading"
- Interactive/lift the flap - Dr Seuss, Karen Katz. Baby Dance (Taylor, A). Fit-A-Shape: Shapes. Where's My Fuzzy Blanket (Carter, N). Wheels on the Bus (Stanley, M). Touch and Talk: Make Me Say Moo (Greig, E). Quack Quack, Who's That? (Noel, D).
- Emotions: Winnie the Pooh: Feelings (Smith, R). WOW! Babies (GEntius). Faces (Miglis, J). Baby Faces (Miller, M). Where the Wild things Are (Sendak, M). Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Viorst, J). The Selfish Crocodile (Charles, F). Glad Monster, Sad Monster: A Book About Feelings (Emberley, E). No David! (Shannon, D)
- Rhyme & Rhythm: Dr Seuss, Each Peach Pear Plum (Ahlberg), Moo, Baa, La La La (Boynton). Five Little Ducks (Raffi). Five Little Monkeys (Christelow). This Old Man (Jones). The Itsy Bitsy Spider (Trapani). Find the Puppy (Cox)
- Scribbling (Pre-Drawing/Writing): Crayon World (Santomero), Figure Out Blue's Clues (Perello). Blue's Treasure Hunt Notebook (Santomero). Harold and the Purple Crayon (Johnson). Get in Shape to Write (Bongiorno). Messages in the Mailbox; How to Write a Letter (Leedy)
- EP books: Cheerios Play Book (Wade). M&Ms Counting Board book (McGrath). Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Counting Fun Book (McGrath). Kellogg's Froot Loops (McGrath). Sun Maid Raisins Playbook (Weir). Oreo Cookie Counting Book (Albee).
- Helping Young Children Learn Language and Literacy: Birth Through Kindergarten (Vukelich, C. Christie, J. Enz, BJ)