Great Stories to Practice Reading!

In the world of early literacy, there are five practices that are emphasized: Reading, writing, talking, singing and playing. At my storytimes at the Haslett branch of Capital Area District Libraries, I try to incorporate these practices into every session, using books as one of the tools. These are a few of my favorite titles (available in the CADL collection!):  


SingingOld Mikamba had a Farm by Rachel Isadora:

This colorful twist on Old MacDonald still features the familiar E-I-E-I-O, but this farmer watches over a variety of animals in Africa.


ReadingA Book for Benny by Judith Koppens:

Sam’s dog Benny doesn’t like to read, but that’s just because he’s never found the perfect book. Where’s the best place to find a perfect book? The library, of course! 


WritingTen Thank-You Letters by Daniel Kirk:

Pig’s friend Rabbit wants to write thank-you notes like him, but he goes overboard. 


TalkingHi Pizza Man by Virginia Walter:

You say hi to the pizza man, but how would you greet a pizza kitty? What about a pizza dinosaur? 


PlayingIt’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle:

There’s a tiger loose on the pages of this book and we must stay alert for glimpses of his striped fur and glowing eyes!


Kate N., Youth Services Librarian at CADL Haslett