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Read with Me: Best Books for Preschoolers

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This authoritative guide—with a core focus on reading readiness and helping position children to succeed in school—offers more than 300 age-appropriate and subject-specific book selections from librarians for reading time with children. From board and picture books to hot new books, these recommendations reflect family, community, play, and the environment. Mirroring a child's world as they grow and mature, chapters include segments on reading together, friendship, places near and far, and making believe. ...

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Overview

This authoritative guide—with a core focus on reading readiness and helping position children to succeed in school—offers more than 300 age-appropriate and subject-specific book selections from librarians for reading time with children. From board and picture books to hot new books, these recommendations reflect family, community, play, and the environment. Mirroring a child's world as they grow and mature, chapters include segments on reading together, friendship, places near and far, and making believe. These titles have been culled from the American Library Association's “best” lists and professional review journals.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
Here is a book for parents, counselors, teachers and librarians. A short introduction explains why reading to young children is so important and so powerful and includes clear suggestions for some good ways to share books with little ones. The rest of the book is filled with short reviews of suitable books, with bibliographic information (for quick library searches or purchasing purposes) and some black and white illustrations from selected texts. The reviews are organized into thematic categories on a developmental scale: First Reads; Me, Me, Me; Family; Friendship; Places Near and Far; Having Fun; Making Believe; The Natural World; and Reading Alone. Back pages include excellent resources, an index, and credits for the illustrations. This is a very user friendly compendium, easy to tuck into a diaper bag in preparation for a trip to story time or the book store. Award winners are noted and the reviews are short but detailed enough so that adults have a sense of what the books contain. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
School Library Journal
Zvirin has selected and annotated more than 300 books for adults to enjoy with preschoolers. She made her choices by talking to librarians as they compiled their lists of "best books" as well as by using blogs and listservs. She purposely does not suggest well-known classics such as Goodnight Moon in order to draw attention to titles published in the last decade. Her organizational plan is centered around common themes, running the gamut from books about "ME" to families, friendships, and make-believe. The annotations are thoughtful, yet casual and chatty, pointing out the reasons why children would enjoy a particular title. While Jim Trelease has long been recognized for his choices in his Read-Aloud Handbook (Peter Smith Pub., 2006), he covered a much wider age range and included many chapters with information about literacy and fostering the love of reading. Update a professional collection with Zvirin's book or hand it to new parents as a guide to their child's early listening and reading adventures.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937589035
  • Publisher: Huron Street Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Zvirin is an editor for the American Library Association (ALA) where she acquires and develops professional books for ALA Editions and edits the ALA Editions' Children’s Programming Monthly magazine. She was previously Books for Youth editor at Booklist Magazine, review journal of the ALA. She is a former teacher and a library director, and is the author of The Best Years of Their Lives. Her articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, such as Book Links, Chicago Parent Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

1 Reading Together 1

2 First Reads 7

3 Me, Me, Me 31

4 Family 51

5 Friendship 69

6 Places Near and Far 79

7 Having Fun 95

8 Making Believe 109

9 The Natural World 123

10 Reading Alone 143

Resources 151

Illustration Credits 157

Index 161

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