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Children's Literature

Children's Books

Alphabet Books

Letter knowledge is the ability to recognize the different letters and their associated sounds. Research has shown that you should start by teaching children upper OR lowercase, but not both to start with. So far, there is no known benefit to teaching lowercase verse uppercase and vice versa.

Baby Books / Board Books

Books are for infants too! High contrast books with simple shapes help caregivers talk with their babies. Babies also enjoy looking at faces. Here's a list of recommended baby books.

Concept Books

Concept books are instructional books that help children start to label and identify their world. The best of these books teach and entertain children at the same time.   -ALSC

Counting Books

Helping children understand basic math concepts helps them develop positive associations towards math learning and deepens their understanding of math. Pointing out and talking about numbers, shapes, patterns, measurements, sorting, and spatial relationships are all great ways to increase math literacy.  - NAEYC

Easy-to-Read Books

Engineered Books

Graphic Novels

"Graphic novels can be a way in for students who are difficult to reach through traditional texts... Graphic novels can dramatically help improve reading development for students struggling with language acquisition, including special-needs students, as the illustrations provide contextual clues to the meaning of the written narrative. They can provide autistic students with clues to emotional context that they might miss when reading traditional text. English-language learners will be more motivated by graphic novels, and will more readily acquire new vocabulary and increase English proficiency."   -Scholastic Inc

Interactive Books

Multicultural Books

Multicultural Picture Books, African American Literature

To build a positive sense of self, children need to see themselves, their families, and their cultural traditions in the books we read to them.  -ALSC

Picture Books for Older Readers

Picture Storybooks

Postmodern Books

Predictable Books

Predictable books allow for use of the cloze technique, where words are left out of the story and children are required to fill them in. This is used to increase comprehension. Unconstrained skills like vocabulary and comprehension are the biggest long term indicators of reading success.  -Susan B. Neuman

Transitional Books

Wordless Books

Books without words encourages caregivers to talk with their children; an early literacy skill. Picture walks are also a great way to build reading comprehension.

Essentials of Children's Literature 9th ed., references for picturebooks & multicultural books