About Our Age Groups

Feb 06, 2013

Sharing books with your child is a key part of growing a successful reader/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images That’s why we divided the 100 Greatest Books for Kids into four age groups based on the reading experiences children have as they grow—with the sharing of timeless literature between parent and child at the core of each section/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Navigate among them:


Ages: 0-3
Grade level: Birth–Pre-K
It is never too early to begin reading with your child/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Language development begins right away/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images The simple concepts, repetitive phrases, and easy rhyme featured in these beloved board and early picture books are perfect for reading (and snuggling!) with eager infants and toddlers/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

For Infants:  

Think “cognitive/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images” Infants respond best to books with bright contrast and photos of faces, while older babies enjoy familiar shapes or objects/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images 


Snuggle up/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Reading in a cuddly, comforting posture allows you and your little one to look at and interact with books together as she develops page-turning motor skills/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images  


Express yourself/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images They may not understand every word, but babies do recognize tone of voice/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Reading with expression will engage your child and help her begin to associate books with storytelling and emotion/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images   


Get touchy-feely/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Infants enjoy tactile experiences: poking, slapping, even chewing on their books/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Don’t be afraid to join in; tracking text and pointing to the pictures as you read will help your baby begin to relate spoken with written language/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images



For Toddlers:  

Reinforce familiar concepts/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Offer your child an array of books about basic concepts (letters, numbers, colors, vehicles, and more) and familiar routines or settings/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images 


Create a cozy corner/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images To make reading time special and inviting, establish a cuddly place: a comfy chair, a spot on the sofa, or a corner of the room and a bean bag/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images    


Keep it interactive/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Toddlers have lots of energy/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Capture their attention by offering interactive books (touch-and-feels, finger plays, humor and silly rhyme), asking them questions, inviting them to turn pages, and encouraging comments or additions to the story/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images


Read now or later/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images  Bedtime is the traditional storytelling hour, but literacy experiences can happen at any time/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images By talking and reading with your child throughout the day, you’re immersing her in valuable vocabulary that will help her grow into a strong reader/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images


Additional Information and Activities for Ages 0-3
The Power of Story Time
Reading to a Restless Toddler



Books to Explore Together: Ages 4–7

Books to Grow On: Ages 8–10

Books to Discover: Ages 11+

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