Our library collection is balanced with chapter books for every reading level and we are always available to help your student find a great new chapter book or new series to read. But, don't forget to encourage your child of all ages to read picture books.
With all the excitement about chapter books we often forget that picture books have benefits for students of every age. A picture book isn't a "step down" or too easy for a student who has begun to read chapter books. Here are a few benefits of a continued love for picture books as your reader grows...
1-Children love the pictures and these books are fun to read. If reading is fun then children will do more of it and lots of reading is what makes great readers.
2-Books with pictures are vocabulary builders. Did you know that the vocabulary in picture books is often more difficult that in most chapter books? This is because pictures offer context clues so children can decode difficult, unknown words. Pictures also help children comprehend what they are reading.
3-Many picture books tackle tough subjects such as slavery, civil rights, war and bullying in a way that is easier for children to understand. These stories create a foundation for these difficult topics which grows as a child matures.
Reading picture books together and encouraging your child to read them independently is a great way to build reading skills, vocabulary and a love of reading that will last a lifetime.