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I find that long weekends give me some added, much needed time to plan and prepare for my little learners, especially in regards to read alouds for the start of school. In Part 1 about my favorite books for teaching kids to “Read the Pictures” I showed you an awesome story that my students love, and today I bring you two more! This is such an important strategy for building strong, confident readers early on.
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Books for Teaching Kids to “Read the Pictures” Part 2
First up…. an all time favorite that you probably already own, Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann.
This nearly wordless book is so fun and the kids are always participating actively and laughing at the gorilla’s antics as he becomes an accomplice in the escape of the other animals at the zoo. I always love when the kids engage with the story by talking to the characters or making little gasps or sounds – so fun to see all of their learning and excitement on their faces!
I have a jungle theme classroom which in turn leads into safari, zoo, pretty much anything animal themed so this is a fun story for us to start the year as well!
Next up is The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney.
I LOVE this cover. No title or any information, but notice how his eyes are looking to the side? If you turn over the book, you can see what he is looking at! Love how that is done, and you can see if your students notice!
This book is also nearly wordless and the captivating illustrations are sure to keep young and old readers alike engaged and wanting to see what happens next!
Learning how to read the stories that pictures tell is such a key strategy in Kindergarten to build that early confidence as a reader. They CAN read, even if they don’t read printed words yet! Teaching this strategy with great, engaging books will help your students build stamina as they practice read to self and develop a strong foundation as emergent readers!
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