Mrs. Milton's Literacy Corner

Wichita State Universtiy

Why is children's literature so important?

By reading children's literature, or having it read to them, children expand their imagination, insights, perspectives, and cultural understanding. Your student will also increase their vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, knowledge of story patterns, and writing through reading children's literature. It is can be very enjoyable for your student and even for you! Make it a fun bonding tool and share in your students' love for literature!

How You Can Help Your Student Understand Literature

~Read a variety of text's and genre's with your student
~ Oral storytelling
~ Read aloud to your students
~Think aloud with your students about what is being read as you read with them
~Ask questions about the plot, setting, characters, and events
~ Have literacy conversations with your student about books you read together
~Involve the entire family with any of the above activities. The more people involved the more fun it can be for your student!

Important Things to Know about Children's Literature

~ Your student will respond best to literature that is engaging and interesting to them
~ If your student can be actively engaged they will be able to make meaningful connections with the literature. A type of "lived through experience".
~You can help your student to engage with literature by providing them access to books within their experience and developmental level.
~Allowing your student to select their own books and providing them with time for reading will encourage students to become engaged with literature.
~Engaging in casual, non-threatening conversations about the books your students are reading will also encourage them to be more engaged with the literature they are reading