Using Books to Promote Language Development

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”- Dr. Seuss. Books are an amazing way to help your child learn and enhance language skills!

Increase Vocabulary

  1.  Children need to hear words often and repeatedly to learn how to use them and when to use them. Children’s books provide children with short sentences that are rich in vocabulary. They often times use the words in different ways throughout the book. Books also provide pictures to illustrate what is happening to help make things even more clear. Make reading fun and choose a book that interests them. Children learn best when they are excited about what they are doing!  Books have themes therefore they are being exposed to all different types of vocabulary whether it be zoo, farm, or jungle vocabulary. 

Joint attention

  1. The pages in the book provide a clear image for them to engage with. They grab the child’s attention by using bright colors, flaps, textures, and silly characters unlike toys that may distract them by moving or making noise. The child is able to then point, gesture, and vocalize to different items they see on the page. Parents can read the book in a silly and engaging voice to read the words and make sounds to increase attention from your child.   

Imagination

  1. Books take us to a whole new place whether it be a magic castle or a relaxing beach. These new places open the imagination for a child to target those pretend play skills. They give opportunities to learn about places or things like the ocean, unicorns, or dragons that they may not see in everyday activities. 

Dialogue

Books promote conversation and dialogue about events or objects.    Children may be curious and ask questions about events they may have never experienced before. It also may bring up a memory of something they have experienced like going to the zoo or to the amusement park. These are the perfect opportunities to explore these topics with your child.

Book Recommendation

Here is a list of books great for each theme! 

Animals: 

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear- By Bill Martin
  • Dear Zoo- By Rod Campbell 
  • Big Red Barn- By Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Three Little Pigs- Illustrated by Mei Matsuoka
  • Where’s Spot?- By Eric Hill 
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance- By Giles Andreae
  • Barnyard Dance- By Sandra Boynton 

Winter: 

  • Little Blue Truck’s Christmas- By Alice Schertle 
  • Snow Falls- By Linda Booth 
  • Bear Stays up for Christmas- By Karma Wilson
  • The Mitten- By Jan Brett 
  • That’s not my Reindeer- By Usborne
  • A Loud Winter’s Nap- By Katy Hudson 
  • Good Morning, Snowplow- By Scholastic 

Fall:

  • Little Acorn- By Igloo Books/Scholastic
  • Apples and Pumpkins- By Anne Rockwell 
  • Little Blue Truck’s Halloween- By Alice Schertle 
  • Bear Gives Thanks- By By Karma Wilson
  • 10 Fat Turkeys- By Tony Johnston 
  • There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Turkey- By Lucille Colandro
  • Room on the Broom- By Julia Donaldson

Summer: 

  • There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Shell- By Lucille Colandro
  • The Pout Pout Fish- By Deborah Diesen 
  • LLama LLama Sand and Sun- By Anna Dewdney 
  • Some Bugs- By Angela Diterlizzi
  • And Then Comes Summer- By Tom Brenner

Back to School: 

  • The King of Kindergarten- Derrick Barnes
  • Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes- By Eric Litwin
  • If you Take a Mouse to School- By Laura Numeroff
  • Lola at the Library- By Anna McQuinn 

Spring: 

  • Bloom- By Deborah Diesen
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar- By Eric Carle 
  • The Thing about Spring- By Daniel Kirk 
  • The Tiny Seed- By Eric Carle 
  • And Then It’s Spring- By Julia Foliano

Valentines Day: 

  • Llama, Lama I love you- By Anna Dewdney
  • Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse- By Laura Numeroff
  • There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose- By Lucille Colandro
  • Hug Machine- By Scott Campbell 
  • The Day it Rained Hearts- By Felicia Bonds


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References

Dickinson, D. K., Griffith, J. A., Michnick Golinkoff, R., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2012). How Reading Books Fosters Language Development around the World. Child Development Research, vol. 2012. Available online at: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cdr/2012/602807/cta/.

Image Sources

Cover Image by Comfreak from Pixabay
Imagination Image by Tumisu from Pixabay

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