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Children's Literature

Find information about the CSULB University Library's children's collection as well as information about children's literature in general.

Literacy Skills for Preschoolers

Print Awareness
A child understands the nature and uses of printed words and books.  Sees parents and others reading, recognizes books and print as a means of communication.child with books
Print Motivation
A child has interest and excitement about books. Books reflect their lives and interests. Sees parents and others reading, books are readily available and reading is a regular activity.

Print Awareness

A child understands the nature and uses of printed words and books.  Sees parents and others reading, recognizes books and print as a means of communication.

Use board books to give preschoolers the opportunity to experience how a book works.  Books where the text connects obviously and directly with the pictures are perfect to teach this skill.

Stuck

Maybe a Bear Ate It!

Time to Say Please!

Interrupting Chicken

Carlo Likes Reading

Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian

Print Motivation

A child has interest and excitement about books. Books reflect their lives and interests. Sees parents and others reading, books are readily available and reading is a regular activity.

Use books that are of high interest, such as books with preschool characters or interactive books.  Also, books ABOUT books are great for teaching this skill.

But Excuse Me That Is My Book

We Are in a Book!

I Like Books

Book! Book! Book!

Knuffle Bunny

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed

My Mom

Where's Bear?

Amber Waiting

Dinosaur!

Phonological Awareness

A child understands the concept that words are made up of combinations of small sounds. Books that promote this are often comprised of silly words and sounds.

Dr. Suess early readers are a great example of this, with repeating sounds over and over.

Green Eggs and Ham

Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party

Altoona Baboona

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

Here's a Little Poem

Arrorro Mi Nino

There's a Wocket in My Pocket

Narrative Skills

A child understands the telling of stories, that there is a beginning, middle and end.

Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick

The Snowy Day

Wemberly Worried

Come along, Daisy!

Good Dog, Carl

Beekle, the Unimaginary Friend

Winner 2015

Letter Awareness

A child learns the names and sounds of letters.

Be sure books have clear depictions of the letters, both lower case and capital.

K Is for Kissing a Cool Kangaroo

8: An Animal Alphabet

Sleepy Little Alphabet

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Alphabet Fiesta

Alligators All Around

Concepts

A child learns the words for objects, shapes, numbers, colors: Helps a child to describe their world.

Round Is a Tortilla

One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab

Hippopposites

My Shapes/ Mis Formas

Siesta

One Ted Falls Out of Bed

The Wing on a Flea

Counting Lions

Vocabulary

A child learns the meanings of words, increasing their number of familiar words. Helps a child to further describe their world.

Richard Scarry's the Supermarket Mystery

Skunks!

Me and My Place in Space

Snakes Are Hunters

Giraffes Can't Dance

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