Bookmark Monday: Board Empowerment

Heh, no, not the musings of a working mother still functioning in corporate mode at 10pm! 😉

To finish up our three-parter focus around the power of rhyme and repetition, I wanted to share about what’s worked for us lately in encouraging our little early reader…

Board books!

Hmm…aren’t board books for babies and targeted at the below 3 age group?  Well, yes they are.

But I’ve learnt that what they have going for them are that they are easy to handle, durable, don’t have a lot of pages, and don’t have so much text that it presents a daunting picture to the preschooler just starting out and familiarising themselves with the fact that relying on phonics alone don’t guarantee a firm grasp of English literacy.

Once, I suggested to DD that we attempt Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss together. Although in essence the words are simple and always rhyme, the text font size is small, there are a lot of words in a single page, and many pages to get through.

I might as well have suggested Capital Investments and Financial Decisions by Levy and Sarnat.  (Not that it isn’t an excellent book, but it is seriously a challenge to read cover-to-cover, and definitely not something I’ve accomplished myself!)

Board books helped give DD the empowerment and confidence that she needed to know that she could complete reading a book in one sitting.  Almost on her own. And it was a lesson to me not to overlook those “baby” books that had been pushed to the back of the bookshelf.

Where DH and I used to read to the kids, now we read to-gether in unison.  🙂

Some fun board books we’ve enjoyed and continue to enjoy as a family:-


7 stories – short and sweet. Once you start, you can’t stop till you get to the end.  And after all, isn’t that the mark of a good book? 🙂

Go berserk with the hippos in this incredibly funny and engaging reading and counting book – one hippo all alone, calls two hippos on the phone…more and more hippos join, and all through the hippo night, hippos play with great delight.  How many in all?

 We like this book specially because of the font.

Notice the letter “a’ in Sandra Boynton’s name – this is the more commonly used form in writing as well as in baby flashcards.  And this is the form used throughout the book.

Which makes it more easily recognizable to an early reader/emergent writer, where some may have to grapple with the confusion of the letter a being represented sometimes in the “writing form”, and sometimes in the typeface style, but meaning the same in both cases.

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2 responses to “Bookmark Monday: Board Empowerment”

  1. momequity says :

    Thanks! I will remember not to put the board books away in the attic before my now 6-month-old is able to read. I love little tips like this!

    • iwonderbee says :

      Glad to hear that – it’s always great to know when someone else benefits from us sharing what we’ve learnt. 🙂

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