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Reading with kids makes them more likely to succeed in school

Reading Aloud & Early Literacy

Reading helps children learn:

  • Letters and their sounds

  • Phonological awareness (rhyming; breaking down words into sounds)

  • Narrative skills and comprehension

  • Background knowledge (learning about the world around them)

  • Vocabulary

  • Print awareness (the way a book is organized; learning that print has meaning; loving books)

In other words, reading aloud can teach children all the oral language components they need to know in order to become successful readers. But perhaps the most important thing reading out loud can teach children is a love of reading. If the reading aloud experience is fun and pleasurable, a child will want to learn to read and will work hard to learn, even if it is sometimes a struggle. So...

HOW we read with young children is every bit as important - or more important! - as how often we read with them.Reading with your child makes reading fun for them!

For example:

  • If children are actively involved in the reading aloud experience, they learn more early literacy skills - and it's more fun!

  • Talk, talk, talk - about the story and the pictures. Encourage your child to participate with repeated phrases, animal sounds, and so on. Ask your child what is happening in the pictures or to predict what will happen next. If something in the story or the pictures prompts a memory in your child's life, talk about it! Have a conversation around the book and always keep it fun!

Here are three great ways to read aloud with a child:

Dialogic Reading

Shared Reading

Picture Book Walk

This Month's Featured Reads!

LCPL staff have selected these books because kids love them and they help build important pre-reading skills. Check them out today!

Who ate all the cookie dough book cover Title:
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont

Skills:
• Phonological Awareness
• Narrative Skills

Practices:
• Talking
• Reading
• Singing
• Playing

Extend the Book with a cookie matching game!

Families Families Families Book Cover Title:
Families, Families, Families by Suzanne & Max Lang

Skills:
• Narrative Skills
• Background Knowledge

Practices:
• Reading
• Talking

Extend the Book with a picture frame craft!

TumbleBook of the Day (by Indiana State Library and Tumblebooks)

Preschool Events
Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Registration is now closed

Rescheduled
Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
New date Monday, June 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake

Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jun 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jun 17, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jun 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jun 18, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 18, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 18, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Fri, Jun 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Jun 21, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Jun 21, 3:00pm - 5:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jun 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Jun 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jun 24, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jun 24, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jun 24, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jun 25, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jun 25, 11:00am - 11:30am
Riverview Park

Tue, Jun 25, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 25, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jun 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 26, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jun 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jun 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jun 26, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Thu, Jun 27, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 01, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jul 01, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 01, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jul 01, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jul 02, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 02, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jul 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jul 02, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 02, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 02, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 03, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jul 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jul 03, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 03, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 03, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 05, 10:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 05, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Jul 05, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Jul 05, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 05, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 08, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 08, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jul 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jul 08, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jul 08, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 09, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 09, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Registration opens Tuesday, June 18 2019 at 9:00am

Tue, Jul 09, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 09, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 09, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
Registration opens Tuesday, June 18 2019 at 9:00am

Tue, Jul 09, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 09, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Festival Park

Tue, Jul 09, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jul 10, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 10, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jul 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Registration opens Wednesday, June 19 2019 at 9:00am

Wed, Jul 10, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 10, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 10, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Registration opens Wednesday, June 19 2019 at 9:00am

Thu, Jul 11, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Jul 12, 10:00am - 10:30am
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 12, 11:00am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Sat, Jul 13, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Sat, Jul 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jul 15, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 15, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 15, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jul 15, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 15, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 15, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jul 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Registration opens Monday, June 24 2019 at 9:00am

Tue, Jul 16, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Registration opens Tuesday, June 25 2019 at 9:00am

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 16, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 16, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jul 16, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 16, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 17, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jul 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jul 17, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 17, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Family Events
Mon, Jun 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jun 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jun 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jun 18, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Wed, Jun 19, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Fri, Jun 21, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jun 21, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jun 21, 3:00pm - 5:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jun 21, 3:00pm - 5:15pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jun 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jun 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Sat, Jun 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jun 24, 10:30am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jun 24, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jun 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jun 25, 11:00am - 11:30am
Riverview Park

Tue, Jun 25, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jun 25, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jun 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jun 26, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jun 26, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jun 26, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jun 27, 10:30am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jun 27, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Thu, Jun 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)

Fri, Jun 28, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jun 28, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jun 28, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jun 29, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jul 01, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jul 01, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 02, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 03, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 03, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 05, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 05, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 05, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 05, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 05, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 06, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Sat, Jul 06, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jul 08, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jul 08, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake Patio

Mon, Jul 08, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jul 09, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 09, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Festival Park

Tue, Jul 09, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jul 09, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 09, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jul 09, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jul 10, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 10, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Registration opens Wednesday, June 19 2019 at 9:00am

Thu, Jul 11, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Registration opens Monday, July 1 2019 at 9:00am

Thu, Jul 11, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 12, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 12, 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 12, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 12, 3:00pm - 4:45pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 12, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 13, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jul 15, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Mon, Jul 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Registration opens Monday, June 24 2019 at 9:00am

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 16, 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 17, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A