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Book Cover Conversations

Hide the cover of a book with a piece of paper. Slowly reveal the cover from top to bottom. Ask, "What do you predict this will be about?"

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Extending this activity

  • -Visit your local library and ask your child to name a topic that he wants to read more about. Select two books (one about the particular topic and one not) and ask the child to use the covers to decide which book would be best to read.

    -Read "My Friend Rabbit" by Eric Rohmann. Explain that this book is fictional. Check out a nonfiction book about rabbits from the library. Compare and contrast the different covers. How are they the same? How are they different?

Adjust for an older child

Instead of revealing the cover from top to bottom, reveal different parts of the cover such as the last letter of the title or the bottom corner of the book. The child should be encouraged to consider which information on the cover will be helpful in predicting the contents of the book.

Adjust for a younger child

Model the process of making predictions by thinking aloud while you point to the title and cover illustration. Repeat this process often and the younger child will soon be able to join in.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Reading and Understanding Books

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