(Pt. 5) What I love about children’s books: Literacy development

It’s Children’s Book Week!

In honor of the annual national literacy initiative hosted by Every Child a Reader and sponsored by the Children’s Book Council, I will be sharing a series of the seven elements I love about children’s books. One element will be featured each day through Sunday, continuing with …

LITERACY DEVELOPMENT

What is the link between GOODNIGHT MOON and academic excellence?

Or how about GREEN EGGS AND HAM and career success?

The question may seem like a riddle, but the answer is no joke.

Early childhood reading can have a lifelong impact on an individual’s success in school, the workplace and beyond, experts say, because it is the building block of a vital skill:

Literacy.

A 2012 national study by The Annie E. Casey Foundation found children are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma if they are below proficient reading level in the third grade. Three years earlier, the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress reported 67 percent of fourth-graders scored below proficient levels on reading tests.

A child’s literacy development from birth through early elementary school can be a strong indicator of later life success, according to the 2012 study.

The earliest brush with literacy development for most children is through children’s books. GOODNIGHT MOON and Dr. Seuss fling the doors wide open for future success.

How could anyone not love the idea of ARE YOU MY MOTHER? ensuring high school graduation? Or HANK THE COWDOG boosting the chance of a child being collegebound?

The impact children’s books have on literacy and future success is one of the most prominent reasons I love kid lit.

Read the series to date:

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3 Responses to (Pt. 5) What I love about children’s books: Literacy development

  1. trinitygrau says:

    Need I say more? This series of posts is perfect!

    Liked by 1 person

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