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Book Bag Descriptions

Revisit your child’s favorite books. Make a game of talking about the stories and asking him to guess which of the books you are describing.

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Extending this activity

  • -Select several books by a favorite children's book author such as Kevin Henkes or Eric Carle. After reading the books, ask the child to identify the similarities and differences among the characters and settings in the books by the same author.

    -Collect several books about one informational topic that is of interest to your child (dinosaurs, horses, planets, etc.). After completing a picture walk through the books, ask the child which of the books he would most like to read with you. Talk about how good readers often make decisions about which informational books to read based on the pictures or illustrations that look most interesting.

Adjust for an older child

Play a more advanced version of the guessing game. Say "I am thinking of a book with the same person as author and illustrator." "I am thinking of a book that a chef might like."

Adjust for a younger child

Try spreading out the books you read with the child that week or just a few of his or her favorites. Play the guessing game with much simpler clues like "I am thinking of a book about a plane."

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Reading and Understanding Books

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