Why These Books?
The following books have been carefully selected by the Nemours BrightStart! early literacy specialists based on a number of characteristics such as:
- appropriateness for the age level
- quality of literature and appealing illustrations
- variety in genre
- appeal of the story or subject matter
- selection of well-known and less-known authors
- literary awards earned, such as the Caldecott Award
These books provide opportunities to teach children the four skills shown to predict reading success:
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December's Featured Books
The large colorful pictures and limited words in this book make it a great choice to help toddlers build their vocabularies. “Dinosaur Roar!” will grow with your child as you introduce her to the concepts of rhyme and opposites.
Cora loves the smells and sounds of cooking in the kitchen! Her Mama cooks delicious Filipino food while her older siblings help by slicing vegetables and stirring noodles. When she gets her chance to help Mama in the kitchen, Cora does a great job, impressing her family with the pancit dish that was Grandpa’s recipe.
Find out more about farm life, farm animals and farm machines in this easy-to-read book full of farm facts and photographs.
How do we know what animals say when they say what they say with their sounds every day? Your little one will enjoy the colorful illustrations and rhythmic patterns in this adorable story.
Every day is a fun day with this story of a little dog, his friends and their action-packed week. Your child will enjoy the simple colorful pictures and the rhythmic verses – each contains a day of the week and an action word that reflect the picture.
Everyone loves baby animals — especially Spot! Join Spot as he visits his dad on the farm, and help Spot look for baby animals.
This sweet and colorful book is perfect for teaching little ones about different kinds of hugs. The adorable illustrations and fun rhymes will make your toddler want to read this book over and over.
In this baby book, the rhythm and rhyme of the words, as well as the soft illustrations of fun animals, will bring a smile to both you and your sleepy little one.
Help your baby greet the morning sun with a smile! Invite him to say good morning to all of the fun little critters in this book.
The littlest beginning readers will love to play with this book’s chunky pages while they learn their first sounds and animals. Unusually shaped pages and an easy-to-grab handle make this the perfect book to share with your child, while encouraging the development of beginning reading and pre-reading skills like movement and reflexes.