Literacy expert Carolyn Munson-Benson offers a wealth of ideas for parents, grandparents, caregivers and other adults to promote early literacy with young children in her recent book, Playful Reading: Positive, Fun Ways to Build the Bond between Preschoolers and Books and You. Stressing that sharing picture books is fun for both children and adults, she offers lists of titles to read together, with an emphasis on familiar, funny, award-winning, concept and beautifully-illustrated books. She provides related activities such as games, crafts, recipes and reflections, and devotes a chapter each to the important issues of positive values, positive identity and social competencies.Recognizing that children will identify with characters whose dilemmas mirror their own, the author has made wise choices of the titles featured in her book – titles that can aid in the healthy emotional development of young children. Carolyn Munson-Benson’s book is full of easy-to-use ideas which will be appreciated by parents, grandparents and other adults working with young children.The author is the founder/director of the Early Bird Project, a Minnesota-based program which brings together children and the best of children’s books.

** Recommended for parents, grandparents, caregivers and other adults.


I agree that beautiful illustrations help to make a story more appealing to a child, thus promoting literacy. Tonight we read "Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog," by Barbara Techel. the kids couldn't keep their eyes off of it. The book- was filled with bright, beautiful colored pages (the story was good too)... the point is...the beauty of the book caught their interest.

October 9, 2008 at 12:49 AM  

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