Sharing Literature with Young Children

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Sharing Literature with Young Children
Vanessa Rayburn
September 4, 2011

Sharing Literature

Having the opportunity to share wonderful books with children is the single-most important reason I began my career in early childhood. Among my fondest childhood memories is being read to by my father. He instilled in me a love for books of all kinds, especially picture books, which I found to be magical. Reading was relaxing and enjoyable, as well as exciting and inspiring. It allowed me to use my imagination to take journeys without ever leaving home. As a teacher, I wanted to share this experience with children. Sharing great literature with young children is a journey itself. Authors
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Not only are the illustrations magnificent, but the repeating phrases demand that children repeat them in the character’s voices, making the story hilarious and irresistible! What makes it even better is that a child is the hero in the end. Our love and enthusiasm for a book can be contagious and make the experience more special for children. Exposing children to poems, songs, and rhymes is yet another good way to share literature with them. Best practice suggests that displaying the words prominently in the classroom allows children to follow along as they are sung or read. (CLAS, 1996) Although they may not be able to actually read every word, a pointer can be used to help them follow along. Inviting them to read, sing, create new verses, and even dance enhances the experience. When children are involved in the process of reading in a variety of ways, it broadens their knowledge, strengthens their skills, and builds their confidence. As educators, caregivers, and parents, we can have a tremendous impact on children’s early literacy experiences. Knowing several strategies for sharing literature with them gives us valuable tools with which we can help them tackle the work of reading. As a result, we have the power to transform it into an enjoyable experience children can enjoy throughout their lives. Sharing Literature References:
CLAS, Emergent Literacy Instructional Program and Support Services (1996), Center for
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