10 Minutes a Day for Long-Term Reading Success
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Do you know what one thing you can do for your babies, toddlers and preschoolers to make them good readers?
Read aloud to them EVERY day.
Babies and toddlers need books, too!
They especially love clever and charming board books that are interactive –lift the flap, pull the tab, flip sturdy pages.
Want to see the research? There’s lots of research on the significance of reading to your kids.
- Research in Library Connects journal
- Research collected on Ferst Foundation
- Research on Reach Out and Read
But what should you read?
If you’re looking for ideas, here are some new board books that I’m sure your little ones will love. Buy for your kids or give them as gifts. 🙂
Board Books to Read 10 Minutes a Day
Daddy Wrong Legs by Nina Laden
Oh this book is perfect for chubby little fingers! Flip the top or bottom and pair a daddy and his legs — and laugh at the funny daddies! (Like the bear daddy with frog legs – how silly!)
A Tree for All Seasons by Maryse Guittet
Even the littlest readers love to touch and interact with a book. Turn the top part of the tree to see what it looks like in each season. Life the flaps to see who is hiding under the branches. Surprise~ it’s a bunny!
You Are My Baby: OCEAN by Lorena Siminovich
A book within a book, the interactive ocean-themed book is enchanting! The larger book shows the mommy animal while the smaller book shows the baby animal. A mommy whale and her baby calf, a mama turtle and her baby hatchling turtle, and so forth.
JoJos First Word Book by Xavier Deneusc
You can tell this book is from Europe because the text is in cursive. (Did you know Europeans learn cursive before print?) See Jojo and sister, Lulu, go through their day with objects labeled– getting dressed, having feelings, being in their house, going out and about, and with their animal friends. Large tabs separate the different sections.
Boo Bunny Has Lost Her Teddy illustrated by Jannie Ho
Bunny Boo must find her teddy bear before bed. Help her find her teddy but pulling the sturdy tabs on each page. Is Teddy in the laundry room? No, that’s Cat and Frog. Finally Bunny Boo finds her teddy under her bed. Just in time for sleeping.
Bedtime for Chickies by Janee Trasler
It’s time for bed but just as everyone is ready to tuck in, the chickies: are thristy, have to go potty, and need a story. You know how these things go! Very silly and fun.
Pottytime for Chickies by Janee Trasler
Silly chickies, the potty is not for splashing around, playing with toilet paper, or boinging off of towels, it’s for tinkling!
I Say, You Say FEELINGS by Tad Carpenter
You’ll love this lift-the-page flap book about feelings. “I say happy, you say . . .” lift the page to see “SMILE.” “I say grumpy, you say . . . ” flip down the page to see “FROWN.”
I Say, You Say COLORS! by Tad Carpenter
This I Say, You Say book is all about colors. Lift the flaps and see that when I say sun, you say yellow. Love it!
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
A gorgeous story of a little rabbit who WONDERS. When he hops through the grass, he wonders what it’s like to be green. When he hops over a rock, he wonders what it’s like to not move. As he snuggles up to his mommy at the end of the day, he knows he never has to wonder about who loves him.
Cowy Cow by Chris Raschka
This book isn’t actually a board book – but it reads like it is with simple text and pictures. It’s a fun book about Cowy Cow’s ideas — well, two of her ideas . . . like if you chew grass long enough, it might taste like a gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookie. She must be a genius.
We’re Going to the Farmers’ Market by Stefan Page
Read this simple board book before, during, and after your trip to the Farmers’ Market. See eggs, milk, cheese, fruits and veggies and take them all home to cook a feast.
Animals in Underwear ABC by Todd Parr
A whole new twist on the animal alphabet — animals in underwear! And, in classic Todd Parr style, your kids will love those fun, bright and bold colors.
That’s all for today. Keep reading aloud to your kids — for as long as you can!