As many of you know, my daughter is in Pre-K this year. My husband and I went to orientation last night, which is where I heard about the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) website. This website contains lots of good information and resources, so I encourage you to check it out if you have a child in the Georgia Pre-K program. What I want to share with you today, however, is the Book List. This is a list of suggested books recommended by DECAL as age appropriate material for children in the Pre-K program:
“Many concepts and early literacy skills can be strengthened by using high quality children’s literature as the basis for learning. Research has shown that reading to your child daily can have a dramatic impact on future school success. The suggested reading book list provides a useful list of high quality, age appropriate children’s literature.”
For your convenience, I have printed out a copy of the list and gone through PINES to determine which titles we have and where they are located. I have placed the list in a bright yellow paper folder next to the Accelerated Reading (AR) lists in the Easy Readers section at the Leesburg Library. Also, remember that just because we don’t have a title at our library doesn’t mean we can’t get it for you–just ask any library staff member for assistance.
The early years leading up to kindergarten are so important to your child’s future success in school. Reading to your child every day not only reinforces skills that they are learning in school–it is also an excellent way for you to relax and reconnect together after a busy school day.