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Board 书 Aren’t Just for Babies

Board books aren’t just for babies. Yes, you 读 that right. Just like experienced 读ers may have preferences on the format for their books, so too may early 读ers.

Many think of board books as the books you’d give your baby or toddler, because board books are great for littles. Young children can easily hold them in their chubby hands and stick them in their mouths, and the books are easier to clean and harder to destroy than those with thin paper pages.

What you might not know about board books is that many publishers are printing them as merely a different edition of popular hardcover picture books. Nothing has changed about the book other than its size and binding.

Are you familiar with the classic picture book Llama Llama Red Pajama? My family loves it and we own it in several formats. We have a well-loved hardcover, with pages tattered, 撕裂, and taped together, and missing the book jacket. We also own a lap-sized board book edition. The board book is easier for my younger 读ers to hold. It does have a few dings from being pulled off the shelf, 读, and shoved into book bags; but it has survived three kids much better than our hardback copy.

There are now several dozen different titles in the Llama Llama story-verse. The author has created special board book titles that DO have shorter sentences or focus on concepts like colors, 计数, 和节假日. While they are wonderful for short 读ing sessions with babies and toddlers, these books are also perfect for beginning 读ers in Pre-K to 2nd grade. Those 读ers can easily hold the board books in their hands AND practice 读ing independently, especially if the book is a favorite.

Our middle child has Llama Llama Red Pajama 记住了. That’s a great thing. The best way to encourage 读ing is by giving your child opportunities to shine. If they have the story 记住了, repeat 读s will help them discover the letters that build the words, and they’ll be able to match the word they say with the words on the page!

Next time you’re browsing in the children’s department and walk past the board book bins, 看一眼. You and your 读ers of all ages might really enjoy what you discover!

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