Reading Can Take Your Preschooler To The Next Level

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Summer is here! This summer encourage your child to read, read, read! Not only  is reading the perfect way to relax and unwind, but it is also a great way to  ensure that your child enters the next grade level prepared for success.

For the younger child who is not yet an independent reader, be sure to take a few minutes each night to read aloud to him. Reinforce  comprehension, ask questions about the story to help him make connections to what you have read. Or, set aside quiet time during the afternoon for everyone to read and then enjoy a special snack afterwards. Children love special times that are out of the ordinary.

If your child is capable of reading on her  own, but appears reluctant to do so, you may want to take an active role in guiding her toward books that focus on characters with similar hobbies or interests. Take turns reading aloud with her or alternate every other chapter so that you are reading to one another. Take them to the library often to pick out their own books.

Whether your child has always enjoyed reading or is just beginning to discover joy in it, foster reading enthusiasm by providing plenty of opportunities to read over the summer. Enroll in a reading program at your local library or set up your own incentive program at home.

Set an example by reading in front of your child. Books, magazines, and newspapers all show your child that reading is a daily occurrence, both for pleasure and for
information. Visit a bookstore together and spend time picking out books that  you both like.

The more your child reads over the summer, the more likely he/she is to make a smooth transition into the next grade level.

Here is my Recommended Books For Preschoolers: 

  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • In A People House by Theo. LeSieg
  • There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books by Lucille Colandro
  • Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton  
  • The Hat by Jan Brett
  • Ten in the Bed by Penny Dale
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera
  • Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

BIO: Michelle blogs over at Grammie Time. She will be celebrating
29 years of marriage this September, is mother to three grown daughters and
“grammie” to her two grandchildren. A transitional kindergarten teacher by day,
she considers it a privilege teaching little ones a love for learning. A blogger
at night, remembering to let these words guide her in everything she writes;
“Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an
encouragement to those who hear them.” Ephesians 4:29 NLT



  1. The kissing hand is such a great book Thanks for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Monday Blog Hop! Can't wait to see what you have this week!!

  2. I have a 3 year old (she'll be 4 next month), and she loves to read! I'm always looking for new books to read with her. I've read Goodnight Moon before, and I'll definitely check out the other books. We went to story hour are one of the local libraries today, and we checked out several books. I was thinking of having story time during the afternoon in addition to our usual night time books before bed. Anyhoo, thanks for sharing this list!

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  3. Reading to my kids is so important to me.  We go to the library weekly just so they can be in control of the books we read each day.  And so far all of my kids are avid readers. 

    The Kissing Hand is so great.

    Thanks for the list!


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  4. We love goodnight moon and pinkalicious!

  5. We love good night moon and pinkalicious! Great list and now I have found some other books to add to our bed time reading. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Good night moon, Pinkalicious, and 10 little monkeys are the best 3 on your list. My mama modeled a love of reading to me. I did for my girls, now I have the pleasure of modeling it for my grand baby. Michelle, you're a great Grammie!

    • Sweet words my friend. Thanks so much. I try to be but they make it easy. They both love books and their mama has instilled a naptime and bedtime routine involving reading.

  7. Excellent advice! My best childhood memory is going to the huge, beautiful, downtown library on the bus with mother and my two sisters. Summer reading was something we naturally did every day – without complaint! – because it was so enjoyable!

    • Going to the library is one of my favorite memories too. I was actually in walking distance of our small town library. We would go to check out books and than for story hour. I loved to read and write, I still do.

  8. It is never to soon to set a good reading example!

  9. Oh I've read (and love) most of the books you've shared here. Reading with my kids is one of my favourite activities!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Jennifer, I picked the ones I've heard children say time and time again, "read it again." Short enough for the younger ones, yet interesting and fun for the older ones. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Thank you so much Rhonda for letting me guest post for you! I like the picture you chose, you did better than I could have. My picture taking skills need a bit of work – and we all have TIME, right? Anyways, thank you again!