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Five year olds

Parenting and literacy

A five-year-old has a longer attention span than younger children and is ready to look at a wide variety of books. Your child can decide what he would like to read. This is the beginning of a child developing his own “taste” in books. The five-year-old is getting ready for school or is in school. Keep up your daily reading with your child, and soon, very soon, your child will be reading to you.

Start showing the words on a page to your child. Use his own words to make a story.

Let your child help when he can.

Take your child to the library, if your community has one, and encourage him to borrow books from the school or class library as well.

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Books for five-year-olds:

A Winter Walk With Haley by Jaya Bastedo

Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark

Now I’m Big: Off to School by Stephanie Longfoot

Mama, Would You Love Me by Eric Carle

My Dad Takes Care of Me by Patricia Quinlan

The Little Engine That Could by Richard Scarry

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkma

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by N. Bernard Westcott

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