You’ll frequently read about my daughter in my blog posts and newsletter, so in the spirit of #WFH, I decided to start making videos with her. Throughout, we will engage with the text and each other, in a process known as Dialogic Reading, which is a super-fancy way of saying we have a conversation about the book we are reading as we read it. Dialogic Reading is an important and effective way of increasing your child’s pre-reading skills and early literacy. And, it’s fun. While you read, don’t just read to your child. Ask them questions. Discuss pictures. Have them guess what happens next. Don’t just read, engage.
Today’s Daddy-Daughter Storytime features the book Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand and read with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Counting Crocodiles is such a fun read-together book that demonstrates many ways for you and your child to interact with your reading. For example, as a counting book, you can count the crocodiles along with the monkey, as we do. Many books offer counting possibilities. You can discuss the hilarious things happening in Hillenbrand’s artwork. You can talk about writing techniques being used, like I do when I talk about alliteration in the video – when a series of words have the same beginning sound: the crocodiles are “feasting fearlessly on fishes.”
Part of Counting Crocodiles is the repeated journey across the Sillabobble Sea and then back again by the monkey and her pals, so you can talk about the before and after of the story's narrative. However, you don’t need to have repetition in the story in order to have that kind of conversation about cause and effect with your child. Repeated readings of a book are important, in and of themselves. As you read a book more often, you can ask your child “what will happen next?” and they will be learning the narrative of the story through repeated readings. As you can tell in this video, we’ve read this book to my daughter several (well, way more than several) times and she can tell you what is happening, and what will happen, throughout.
Many of the books we’re reading in Daddy-Daughter Storytime are favorites that we have read, and reread, repeatedly. Repeated readings of books are important for a child’s reading development, and many other reasons. See the links below for more in-depth information:
- 6 Benefits of Rereading Books (Over…and Over) for Kids
- Why Reading the Same Book Repeatedly is Good for Kids (Even if it Drives You Nuts)
Another Daddy-Daughter Storytime will be live at 10:00 a.m. next Tuesday!