Children’s Books from A to Z

Eliza Clark
May 30, 2012

Reading takes us far and wide, to all corners of the globe and of the human imagination. It also zips us around all of the amazing ins and outs of our glorious language. We love nothing more than reading great books aloud to our kids, and we hope that lots of reading time will help support their early attempts to decipher the codes of reading.

It turns out, however, that reading alone is not quite enough. We need to read in such a way as to promote our children’s awareness of letters, letter combinations, and the sounds they make.

Young children latch on most easily to the letter sounds at the beginning of words, so it makes sense to take advantage of this early inclination. The next time you’re reading your way through a stack of your little one’s favorite titles, consider doing so alphabetically. Or perhaps you might even go so far as to alphabetize your children’s bookshelf together. The next time you’re looking for Madeline your kids will know that she’s just a book or two down the shelf from Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.

To help get you started, we offer you a list of wonderful titles from A to Z, the better to enjoy a reading trip through the alphabet together.

A is for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day

B is for Blueberries for Sal

C is for Charlotte’s Web

D is for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

E is for Eloise

F is for Frog and Toad

G is for George and Martha

H is for Harold and the Purple Crayon

I is for Ivy and Bean

J is for James and the Giant Peach

K is for Kitten’s First Full Moon

L is for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

M is for Madeline

N is for No, David!

O is for Olivia

P is for The Paper Bag Princess

Q is for The Quiet Book

R is for Rapunzel

S is for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

T is for Time for Bed

U is for The Ugly Duckling

V is for The Velveteen Rabbit

W is for Winnie-the-Pooh

X is for Jessica’s X-Ray

Y is for Yes Day!

Z is for Zen Shorts

From the Parents

  • Bolingbrook Peter Pan Preschool

    CHOOSING THE RIGHT PRESCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD Choosing the right preschool for your child may be the first important educational decision a parent will make. Not all preschool programs are created equal. There are those who follow certain philosophical guidelines such as Montessori, Piaget, those taught by various colleges, Park District programs, church sponsored programs, Public School preschool programs, and those from private entities. Which one to choose? Anyone can establish a philosophy based on any of the above. However, saying you follow a certain curriculum fore mat and actually making it become a reality and "practicing what you preach" are two different things. There are some well established guidelines that can help parents make the right decision. What might be the best program for your neighbor's child might not be the best one for your child. Every child carries his/her own characteristics and personality. Thus, the selection process needs to be one that each parent measures carefully and can picture their child in that particular environment. Whenever possible, a personal visit or even two or three to a program should be foremost before enrollment. While one cannot fully weigh the total programming aspect from one visit or judge how your child will actually benefit, there are certain signs that a parent can observe that will help make their decision. There are also a set of criterion parents should follow: 1) How long has the program been in existence? 2) What are the qualifications of the staff? Are they nurturing, caring, capable, and experienced? What is their educational background? Are they parents, too? 3) Does the school have a high turnover ratio of teachers? 4) Is the school well organized and well equipped? Are there enough of a variety of materials which can both challenge a child as well as allow children to play and use their own imaginations and creativity? The kind of environment offered by a preschool program -- one which gives each child the optimum opportunity to grow in it -- is probably the most important physical attribute a preschool can offer. 5) Check over the preschools goals, the depth of curriculum and readiness skills covered, yearly consistency of the program, and how does the program keep the parents informed are some initial important questions to ask. 6) Is the program mostly a free play oriented program or does it offer some structure coupled with a relaxed, creative, and busy atmosphere within that structure? Most preschool aged children who attend a half day preschool program attend only two or three half day per week sessions or 5 hours per week or 7.5 hours per week out of an average of 70 "waking hours" per week. For instance, our program offers a more structured program -- structure being defined as having a time for this and a time for that, etc. Parents find it a necessity to provide a consistent structure within their homes (a set time to eat, to sleep, to play, etc.) as do educational facilities such as grade schools and high schools. A good program needs to give each child the chance to grow within a CONSISTENT and familiar time setting element rather than just merely being offered a solely "free play" setting with maybe a story time or music time scattered here and there. Since the weekly time spent by a child in a half day preschool environment is actually very brief when compared to the total waking hours during a week, most parents are not looking for a free play environment. Such a program is easy to provide and does little for giving the preschool aged child the OPTIMUM opportunity to grow and establish a solid enrichment foundation. 7) AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, ask what the preschool program knows about the past and present ongoing studies on the brain as the center of learning? Amazing discoveries have been made regarding the importance of the brain and how it functions and actually serves as the functioning CENTER nucleus of the human mind which controls the rest of the body. The fact that the MOST IMPORTANT years for the development of a child are from birth to five years of age. There is NO argument to the contrary. Basic initial research finds it is how the five senses relate to the environment a child is in that plays the most important part of a child's developmental early life. That is why it is so important for a preschool to offer the kind of environment where a child can function properly, grow in skills, and establish a solid foundation which will lead to future academic successes. This NEEDS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED DURING THE PRESCHOOL AGED YEARS! 8) Studies also show that a preschool needs to offer a good, creative, and motivational reading program -- not one that merely touches the "tip of the iceberg" so to speak, but one that nurtures and identifies the TOTAL COMPREHENSIVENESS of the reading process. Studies have determined that it is vital for these skills to be developed during the preschool years. Chlildren are not actually reading unless they can decipher and understand the thought content of a complete sentence. While a program that offers such a reading skill developmental program are very scarce, a program such as PETER PAN PRESCHOOL has a long standing successful phonics based program where no one else in the area offers such. Merely learning the beginning sounds of letters is only the starting place. Parents who really care if their child is given the best opportunity to gain the kind of vital foundation which will lead to future academic growth, need to carefully weigh the different kind of preschool programs available. These are often not found in a Park District program; a Public School sponsored program; a church sponsored program; or even a governmental sponsored program. iF YOUR CHILD'S FUTURE REALLY MATTER TO A PARENT, THE RIGHT DECISION NEEDS TO BE MADE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

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