Your preschooler:

Your three year old:

  • Knows that print is what is read in stories.
  • Has favorite books and likes to hear them often.
  • Pretends to read and write.
  • Makes up silly sounds, words, and songs.
  • Plays a part in reading by turning pages and saying words in well-known stories.
  • Demonstrates comprehension through questions and observations.

Your four year old:

  • Enjoys sharing books with a caregiver.
  • Knows some letter sounds, and can differentiate between sounds that are the same
  • and sounds that are different.
  • Knows some printed letters and numbers.
  • Often has some books memorized.
  • May be able to identify rhyming words.

Tips for reading with your preschooler:

  • Talk about the characters in a story and what they are doing.
  • Improve reading comprehension by asking who, what, when, where, why, and how questions.
  • Recite rhymes and poems with your child.
  • Keep books in places where your child can easily see them.
  • Ask open-ended questions that involve more than a one or two word response.
  • Go places together and discuss your experiences.
  • Read books with patterns and familiar phrases that your child can "read" along with you.
  • Read books about counting, the alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes.
  • Show and name the parts of a book, such as the cover, title, author, pages, top, bottom, front, and back.

Books for three year old preschoolers:

  • Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
  • Mouse Paint by Ellen Soll Walsh
  • Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw and Margot Apple
  • Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
  • The Dinosaur Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
  • The Random House Book Of Poetry For Children by Jack Prelutsky
  • Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

Books for four year old preschoolers:

  • Bug Safari by Bob Barner
  • Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
  • Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch
  • If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • Jamberry by Bruce Degen
  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom
  • Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan
  • The Owl And The Pussycat by Jan Brett
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak