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Reading to your early learner (ages 2-5) is one of the most important things you can do. Research shows a correlation between early literacy activities and school success.

 

We have compiled a list of book recommendations from a panel of teachers, authors, book sellers, academics and librarians for your preschooler, under the themes: rhyme, picture books, fairy tales and anti-bullying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhyme Time:

Early rhyming leads to better reading skills in children because it helps them become aware of the sounds that make up words.

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"Each Peach Pear Plum"

by Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg

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"Moo, Baa, La La La"

by Sandra Boyton

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"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"

by John Archambault, Bill Martin Jr.

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"Don't Call Me Sidney"

by Jane Sutton

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"A Slim Queen in a Palanquin"

by Atukwei Okai

 

 

Picture Books:

Picture books are the first step towards reading - they give kids the chance to talk about what they are seeing and hearing.

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"Picture A Tree"

by Barbara Reid

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"Nana's Cold Days"

by Adwoa Badoe

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"The Pirate and the Penguin"

by Patricia Storms

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Chicken, Pig, Cow series

by Ruth Ohi

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"Willow’s Whispers"

by Lana Button

 

 

Fairy Tales:

Fairy tales have been passed down in families since storytelling began, span all cultures, and are the most-read book genre at bedtime. These fractured fairy tales have a little modern sass or cultural hook.

 

 

Anti-Bullying Books:

Kids who learn empathy at an early age are less likely to bully and one of the best ways to teach empathy is through books.

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"One"

by Kathryn Otoshi

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"You're Mean, Lily Jean!"

by Frieda Wishinsky

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"Oliver Button is a Sissy"

by Tomie dePaola