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Click on the "Early Literacy Activity Sheet" link below each description to download an activity sheet with bibliographic information, an annotation, and ideas for extending the book with children.

READ: The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley; illustrated by Kate Berube

Nick loves spending time with his cats, except when he wants to read. His cats lay on the pages of the books and make nuisances of themselves. Nick decides to teach his cats to read, so they can all enjoy books together. Just like Nick’s cats, some children will be enthusiastic learners and others will struggle. Nick finds a wonderful variety of activities to support both cats on their learning journey. Acting out stories and drawing illustrations are an excellent way to engage young children in storytelling before they learn to read.

WRITE: Alphonse, That is Not Ok to Do! by Daisy Hirst

Natalie loves to create art with her little brother, Alphonse. When she catches him eating her book, however, Natalie is mad and channels her anger into her art, drawing beasts and a tornado chasing Alphonse! Drawing and scribbling allows children to tell stories and express their feelings before they learn how to write words and sentences.

TALK: Puddle by Hyewon Yum

Stuck inside on a rainy day, a mother coaxes her son to enjoy the day inside by drawing a picture of the rainy day together. After drawing and talking, they decide to go outside and splash in the puddles. The entire story is told through the conversation between mother and son and models how to engage children in rich conversation. By listening and adding details you build relationships and develop strong language skills.

SING: Rock-A-Bye Romp by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Simona Mulazzani

This bedtime lullaby starts with the familiar lines of "Rock-a-Bye, Baby, in the treetop" only to veer off in an adventure, taking baby into a bird's nest, through a farmyard, over a waterfall and onto the back of a flying hawk. All the lines of this bedtime romp can be sung to the tune of Rock-a-Bye Baby. Changing the words to a familiar song is a fun way introduce a child to new vocabulary and to make children laugh.

PLAY: Box by Min Flyte

A box can contain a fun new toy, but even more fun is what you can do with the box after you open it! With lift the flaps and fold out pages this book is just as much fun to play with as it is to read. The dramatic play and imagination that an ordinary box inspires develops language, vocabulary, and narrative skills as children act out their own stories.

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