Family Book Sheets

September 18, 2013

Mom reading to childLiteracy activities are much more than just reading. They can include pretend play, math and science, music and movement, motor and thinking skills, art and reading readiness activities. Children are more likely to develop skills when they are having fun, but also when the skills have meaning for them. Using books in early childhood is a great way to link new concepts to ideas that children already understand. Activities can be matched with books to extend learning in hands-on ways that focus on developing specific learning skills.

Each MI Stronger Family Book Sheet includes the book title and author as well as a short summary. There are also helpful tips about ideas and questions to ask the children before, during and after reading the book. The MI Stronger Family Book Sheet focuses on activities that can enhance the book reading in seven main areas of school readiness that include:

  • Math and science
  • Reading readiness
  • Music and movement
  • Motor skills
  • Thinking skills
  • Art
  • Pretend Play

Check out MSU Extension's video based resources on the MSU Extension Early Childhood YouTube channel. Topics of videos include: friendship skills, communication, developing independence, cooperation, misbehavior, early literacy, sibling relationships and much more. New video topics are added freqently!

MI Stronger Family Book Sheets

Alphabet Under Construction

Animal Antics

Babies on the Move

Baby Faces

Big and Little

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Each Peach Pear Plum

Eating the Alphabet

Five Little Monkeys

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

Is Your Mama A Llama

Jump Frog Jump

Llama Llama Mad at Mama

More More More

My Many Colored Days

No David


On the Night You Were Born

Owl Babies

Pout Pout Fish

Runaway Bunny

So Many Bunnies

Sometimes I'm Bombaloo


Tell Me A Season

Ten Black Dots

The Kissing Hand

The Little Engine That Could

The Little Red Hen

The Mitten

The Rain Came Down

The Real Mother Goose Board Book

The Real Mother Goose Classic Color Rhymes

The Shape of Things

The Snowy Day

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Way I Feel

Time for Bed

When Sophie Gets Angry

Where the Wild Things Are

White Rabbits Color Book

To find a workshop on literacy, check out the MSU Extension Events page and search “Early Childhood Development” and the month you would like to take the workshop.

For more book based activities, visit the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care Story-Stretching Ideas database.

For book based activities to support military children experiencing deployment, check out the 4-H Military Family Book Sheets. Each book sheet contains a summary of the book, author and publication details, and activities that families can use with their children pre-, during or post deployment to extend the message of the book.

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