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Reading picture books
Two strategies for helping children understand a story through illustrations.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.

Child on the path to fluent literacy, before conventional reading and writing skills emerge. Emergent readers demonstrate alphabet knowledge, a concept of what a word is, a sense of story (beginning, middle, end), listening and retelling skills, phonemic awareness, and verbal expression.

Additional information

Texts that use rhyme, rhythm, repetition, natural language, and illustrations are useful in developing reading skills in emergent readers.

Examples and resources

See Melissa Thibault’s article “Reading Picture Books” for techniques to help emerging readers develop visual literacy skills.