Picture Books and Early Literacy Skills
Every picture book you share with a child will help them develop every early literacy skill. Some books, however, are especially supportive of one or two skills in particular. Use these resources to help you select books, whether you are looking for a book to add to storytime, or to place on display, or to share with parents and caregivers to help explain an early literacy concept.
Skill: Vocabulary
Try these types of books:
Word books

Picture dictionaries

I Spy

Search and find

Alphabet books

Longer picture books

Any story with rich language

Skill: Print Motivation
Try these types of books:


Pop culture books like Barbie or Batman (to follow children’s interests)

Non-fiction (follow their interests)
Skill: Print Awareness
Try these types of books:
Books about books and reading

Books with repeated phrases

Books with word bubbles

Books with large print

Books with print as part of the illustrations
Skill: Narrative Skills
Try these types of books:
Repetitive and predictable books

Cumulative stories

Wordless books

Sequential plots

Familiar folk & nursery tales
Skill: Phonological Awareness
Try these types of books:
Rhyming books

Songs (782.42s)

Animal sounds

Mother Goose


Skill: Letter Knowledge
Try these types of books:
ABC books

Concept books (shape, color, opposites, etc.)

I Spy
from: http://www.clel.org/content/picture-books-and-early-literacy-skills

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.