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Predictable Books Help Children Recognize Patterns

What are predictable books and why should young children read them? — Curious

Predictable books, or predictable pattern books as they are often called, repeat certain words of phrases, sequences, or episodes over and over again throughout the book. After hearing the book several times, young children can predict the story and are able to repeat the words, thus participate in the reading of the book.

While it may drive you crazy to read the same story again and again to your preschooler, the predictable nature of books like these helps your child recognize sounds words, and language patterns. These are some of the early building blocks of reading. Children also enjoy knowing what comes next in a story. And exposing your child to good literature early in life will help develop a love of reading.

Broaden your child’s world by reading some of these predictable books together: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Is Your Mama a Llama? Ask the children’s librarian at your public library for additional recommendations. Nellieedge.com also has a good list of books.

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