Posted with permission of Reading Is Fundamental, Inc.

Books about familiar objects, people, and events are reassuring to young children. Books can also excite them about new ideas and places. Some books help children build confidence as they join in with a repeated rhyme. Others jump-start the imagination with tales about talking animals or a grandmother who flies. By sharing different kinds of books with children, they can enjoy different kinds of reading experiences.


Type of Book: ABC and counting booksFeatures: Fun and colorful illustrations of the alphabet and numbersExample Title: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

Type of Book: Wordless picture booksFeatures: A story told through pictures and few or no wordsExample Title: Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day

Type of Book: Concept booksFeatures: Pictures or photos of familiar objects or ideas such as colors, shapes, opposites, or sizesExample Title: Color Dance by Ann Jones

Type of Book: Pattern booksFeatures: Repeating text and predictable plots that let children join inExample Title: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

Type of Book: Information booksFeatures: Realistic pictures or photographs that introduce facts about a specific topicExample Title: Bugs by Nancy W. Parker and Joan R. Wright

Type of Book: Traditional rhymes and storiesFeatures: Nursery rhymes, fairy tales, fables, and folk tales from various culturesExample Title: The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton

Type of Book: Picture booksFeatures: Words and pictures that tell a story about realistic or imaginary characters and eventsExample Title: Abulea by Arthur Dorros

Type of Book: PoetryFeatures: One or several beautifully illustrated poems for young childrenExample Title: Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield

Type of Book: Easy-to-read booksFeatures: Limited vocabulary, rhyme, and repetition for beginning readersExample Title: The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

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