With School Back in Session, StudyDog Speaks with Children’s Librarian to Offer Timely Tips for Parents of Early Readers

Liesl Johnson, the early literacy and children's program manager at The City Library in Salt Lake City, provides reading software developer with early reading recommendations for kids.

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Libraries are a place to read, enjoy and celebrate books, with the expertise of librarians who are ready to assist and encourage children in developing their reading skills.

Los Altos Hills, Calif (PRWEB) October 27, 2012

With kids back in school, one of the best ways to help children develop a love of reading is to introduce them to the library. StudyDog officials say regular use of the library can help in advancing literacy and academic success by offering books and a variety of reading-related resources and activities.

“Using public library services is a great way to help foster a love of reading early on and throughout life,” said Deme Clainos, CEO of StudyDog, an online reading program for elementary students. “Libraries are a place to read, enjoy and celebrate books, with the expertise of librarians who are ready to assist and encourage children in developing their reading skills.”

StudyDog interviewed Liesl Johnson, the early literacy and children's program manager at The City Library in Salt Lake City. Johnson had these suggestions for early readers:

What books/authors would you recommend for early readers?

Johnson: For very early readers, parents want to choose simple books with few words on the pages. We also recommend they start out with words that don't have complicated letter combinations. Learning sounds like "sh" and "th" can be difficult for kids just learning to read. "Bob Books" are a good series to start with.

Early readers enjoy funny books and librarians love to recommend Mo Willem's series “Elephant and Piggie” and “Cat the Cat” books. They are both simple and hilarious. Rhyming words are very important when learning to read, they help kids see patterns in words that sound alike, so we love Dr. Seuss books as well.

What recommendations do you have for parents to help get their children excited about reading?

Johnson: One thing parents can do to make reading exciting is to make reading something to look forward to. If reading is part of your bedtime ritual, and kids know that they have their parents' undivided attention for that whole time, they will want to read every day. Of course, choosing books that entertain both kids and parents is a great idea. Children will notice if you find a book interesting or exciting and it encourages them even more.

What resources do libraries offer that parents should take advantage of more?

Johnson: A lot of parents don't know about the wonderful electronic databases that libraries have. We offer one called Tumblebooks, which brings picture books to life for young children. Culturegrams features interesting, current information about countries all over the world. Of course, most libraries also have collections of audio and e-books available to check out. Libraries also have wonderful, free programs for kids and their families.

How do you keep children engaged in a book?

Johnson: We recommend that parents use what is called dialogic reading. This means that reading becomes an interactive experience. The reader asks questions about the book while reading it, listens to the child's response and discusses observations.

What can parents can do to encourage their children to read more?

Johnson: It is important for parents to cultivate good reading habits early, although it's never too late to start. Begin reading together every day when your child is just a baby. Let your kids see you reading.

Do lots of reading in your every day travels by pointing out words on signs and billboards. And, most importantly, find books that they will enjoy reading.

What types of books do you suggest for reluctant readers?

Johnson: There is a book out there for every child. The most important thing to do for a reluctant reader is to find out what they are interested in. Cultivate that interest by finding books on these subjects for your child, both non-fiction and fiction.

About StudyDog

StudyDog is a proven leader in helping children quickly learn to read and has helped more than 6 million kids master basics like phonics. The company creates interactive reading programs specially designed for elementary students. What sets StudyDog apart from other learning programs is how StudyDog engages future readers as young as 3 years old. Similar reading software is able to engage older students who already know how to read. But StudyDog uses games and other features to connect with younger children who haven’t learned to read yet. StudyDog’s Adventures in Reading series is used in more than 3,000 schools nationwide. The lessons were designed to meet state early learning standards and the guidelines of the National Reading Panel. StudyDog programs have been used in schools for the past six years. For more information, visit http://www.studydog.com or call 1-866-643-4449.