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If you would like to find out more about the subject of literacy and reading with children, you may wish to refer to some of the books suggested below. All should be available through your local library.
La Bibliothèque des enfants: un choix pour tout les goûts
Montreal: Le Jour, 1990
237 p. ISBN 2890444090
After reviewing over 3000 children's books available in French from around the world, the author has selected 300 to recommend in this book. The books are categorized by theme - such as family, fables, legends, poetry, Christmas, school and friendship. A general introduction on the role of books in children's lives is given, as well as a brief introduction to each of the themes and what they mean in a child's reading experience.
Creating a Love of Reading
John Daniel O'Leary
Ottawa: National Literacy Secretariat, 1991
24 p. No ISBN.
This publication deals with the need to encourage children to grow up as good, enthusiastic readers. It provides parents with advice and ideas for reading in the home with their children. It also discusses community reading programs as a way of inviting the community to help teach children that reading is important and enjoyable.
Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Read
New York: pantheon Books, 1984
312 p. ISBN 0394527852 (bound), 0394721497 (paperback)
This book provides a collection of 70 easy-to-play games for parents and children that lead to or help with reading. The games are designed to encourage a child's enthusiasm for reading.
Home: Where Reading and Writing Begin
Mary W. Hill
Richmond Hill, Ont.: Scholastic, 1989
101 p. ISBN 0590733575
Mary Hill has written an insightful and helpful book on the importance of parents and the home in children's literacy learning. She explores the many ways that reading and writing can be promoted in the home environment, particularly during everyday activities. Each chapter invites parents to explore and reflect upon their role in the learning partnership they share with their children.
Lire, un jeu d'enfant
Martine de Santo
paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1987
203 p. ISBN 2702115527
Another guide written expressly for parents, this book covers a wide range of topics related to reading with children, beginning with the reasons for reading to young children and the importance of helping children discover the pleasure of reading. The author also addresses the role of schools, different methods for teaching reading, the evolution of children's literature, and the types of books preferred by children of different age groups.