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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!

Clip-clop book cover Title:
Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee

Skills:
• Narrative Skills
• Background Knowledge
• Phonological Awareness
• Print Awareness

Practices:
• Talking
• Reading
• Playing

Extend the Book with a pool noodle horse!

All You Need for a Snowman Book Cover Title:
All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

Skills:
• Narrative Skills
• Background Knowledge
• Print Awareness

Practices:
• Reading
• Talking

Extend the Book with a melted snowman painting!

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

Preschool Events
Mon, Aug 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Aug 26, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Aug 26, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Aug 27, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Aug 27, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Aug 27, 11:15am - 12:15pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Aug 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Aug 28, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Aug 28, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Thu, Aug 29, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Aug 31, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Aug 31, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Sep 03, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 03, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Sep 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Sep 03, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 03, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 03, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Sep 04, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Sep 04, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Sep 04, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Sep 04, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Sep 04, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Sep 04, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Thu, Sep 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster Library - Children's Area

Fri, Sep 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Sep 06, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Sep 07, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Sep 07, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Sep 09, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

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

Mon, Sep 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Sep 09, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Sep 09, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Sep 09, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Sep 09, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

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

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

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

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

Tue, Sep 10, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Sep 10, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Sep 10, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 10, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Sep 10, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 10, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

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

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

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

Wed, Sep 11, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

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

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

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

Thu, Sep 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Sep 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Sep 14, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

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

Mon, Sep 16, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

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

Mon, Sep 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Sep 17, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Sep 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Sep 17, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Sep 17, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 17, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 17, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Sep 18, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Sep 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Sep 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Sep 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Sep 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Sep 18, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Sep 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Sep 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Sep 21, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Sep 23, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Sep 23, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Sep 24, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 24, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Sep 24, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Sep 24, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Family Events
Mon, Aug 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Aug 26, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Aug 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Aug 27, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Aug 31, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Sep 03, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Sep 09, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Sep 10, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Sep 10, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Sep 10, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Sep 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Sep 14, 9:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Meeting Room A

Sat, Sep 14, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Sep 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Sep 17, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Fri, Sep 20, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Sat, Sep 21, 11:00am - 12:00pm
DS: Children's Area - Children's Area

Sat, Sep 21, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Sep 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Sep 23, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Sep 24, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Tue, Sep 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room