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Board Book Fun for Babies and Toddlers Encourages Early Reading Skills

Updated on June 5, 2018
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Fun Read Aloud in Board Book Form

Just One More is heard many times in a house with toddlers.  Toddlers and preschoolers like to  use this request especially at bedtime.
Just One More is heard many times in a house with toddlers. Toddlers and preschoolers like to use this request especially at bedtime. | Source

Join in the Fun of Just One More Until a Disaster Hits

What parent has not heard the request that toddlers and preschoolers have for "just one more" when they want to avoid giving up something that they like? This request is heard on many occasions and bedtime is one of the times that parents will hear this request. Jennifer Hansen Rolli's Just One More is a fun read aloud in board book form that will remind toddlers and preschoolers of this request that they often make. Ruby has a lot of requests for "just one more". She likes to swing and does not want to stop. She likes her lunch and asks for "just one more" bite. She likes to ride her rocking horse and her request for "just one more" is a great way to keep riding. Ruby takes her request for "just one more" a bit too far with her ice cream. Young readers will want to turn the page to see the consequence of Ruby's request for "just one more" scoop of ice cream. Ruby has one final request of "just one more" at bedtime when she wants just one more story before falling asleep. Both parents and young readers will relate to this request. Rolli's Just One More makes a great bedtime story as you prepare your little ones for just one more story before bedtime.

The colorful illustrations fill each page and young children will enjoy each illustration that may remind them of an activity that they enjoy. The book in board book form is also easy for toddlers and preschoolers to hold to practice reading on their own. The pages are easy to turn in that the book is made with sturdy cardboard. Turning pages on their own is an important skill for introducing reading skills. Just One More was published by Viking Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House. It has an ISBN of 978-0-425-29166-5.

Large Colorful Illustrations Appeal to Infants and Toddlers

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Benefits of Board Books and Suggestions for Classroom use

Childcare teachers always keep a supply of board books on an easy-to-reach shelf in classrooms for infants, toddlers, and young preschoolers. There are numerous benefits to books that come in board book form. Board books are made with sturdy cardboard with pages that cannot be torn. Board books are easy for toddlers to carry around. Toddlers are always very proud to own a book of their own. The sturdy pages are also easy to grasp and turn. Childcare teachers who have infants in a classroom can also take the opportunity to sit with an infant and read a board book aloud. Infants receive great benefit from hearing a book read aloud. Hearing words read from a book while looking at the pages encourages language development. It is a good idea to point to the words on the pages as you read. Early childhood educators understand that even infants learn to associate words on a page with the spoken language when a book is read often. Board books are easy for a teacher to hold while holding an infant on her lap.

*Read Just One More in a group reading session with young children and to individual children during the day. Early childhood teachers will want to add this fun read aloud to their collection of board books to keep on an easy-to-reach shelf in the classroom.

*Point to the words on the page as you read. Talk about the illustrations on each page. Name the objects in each illustration. Naming and pointing to the objects on each page contributes to a child's increase in vocabulary.

*What happens when Ruby requests just one more scoop of ice cream? The surprise presents an opportunity for the teacher or parent to practice dramatic reading. There is a surprise "uh Oh" in Ruby's experience with "just one more".

*Teachers might want to offer small ice cream cones for a snack after reading Just One More.

Board Books Encourage Early Reading Skills

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© 2018 Cindy Hewitt

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