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Again....Again....Again...Encouraging Kids to Try New Book Genres

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, June 13, 2013

We are creatures of habit.  We thrive on routine.  And nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to reading.  Our preschool kiddos often become hooked on the same book and want it read over and over again (case in point—my nightly reading of Oh Say Can you Say by Dr. Seuss!).  This repetition is important for helping develop early literacy skills.  However, it is also important to introduce the preschoolers in your life to different genres of books.  Summer is the perfect time to do this.

I created a Summer Reading Bingo Challenge board—I thought it would be a fun way to encourage kids to try different books this summer.  Perhaps you could offer small prizes for each “bingo” the kids are able to mark off and reward them with a book of their choice once they complete the entire board.  This also provides a perfect opportunity to engage the entire family in summer reading!  I included the following genres on the list:

  • Informational (non-fiction) text
  • Books About Me
  • Family Stories
  • Color & Counting Books
  • Caldecott Winners
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Folktales
  • Fairy Tales
  • Books About Friends
  • Science Books
  • Historical Fiction
  • Classics
  • Animal Stories
  • School Stories
  • Sports Stories
  • Favorite Authors
  • Alphabet Books

What genres can your kids not get enough of?  How do you encourage them to try different types of books?  I would love to hear your suggestions and ideas below!

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