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Early Literacy Booklists

Research has shown that there are Six Early Literacy Skills which help prepare children to learn to read. The materials on these lists have been selected by Children's Services Librarians for being exceptional in helping to develop these skills. You may check out the Early Literacy Kit that has a selection of children's books, a parent guide and DVD / CD, or you may check out the books individually.

Narrative Skills

Narrative skills include the ability to tell stories and to describe things and events. To help develop narrative skills, look for books with repeated phrases, that tell a cumulative tale, or with a sequence that's easy to follow.

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
KIT J808.543 EARLY Kits for Kids: Early Literacy: Narrative Skills
Books to help children acquire skills they need to learn to read. This kit addresses the ability to describe things and events, and to tell stories.
JE CABRE Cabrera, Jane One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Four chicks have fun hiding while Rabbit and Mommy Hen prepare a party for the little pigs' birthday.
JE CARLE Carle, Eric The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep and wakes up a butterfly.
JE CHACO Chaconas, Dori Don't Slam the Door
A slam of the screen door sets off an escalating chain of events in this rollicking tale of a rambunctious family.
JE COUSI Cousins, Lucy Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales
Beware, these fairy tales are not for the faint of heart! Maisy creator Lucy Cousins shifts gears to retell her favorites with vivid, rousing illustrations. Eight classic stories take on new energy as Lucy Cousins ramps up her artwork
JE FEIFF Feiffer, Jules Bark George
"Bark, George," says George's mother, and George goes: "Meow," which definitely isn't right, because George is a dog.And so is his mother, who repeats, "Bark, George." And George goes, "Quack, quack."What's going on with George? Find out in this hilarious new picture book from Jules Feiffer.
JE HENKE Henkes, Kevin Kitten's First Full Moon
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.
JE ISADO Isadora, Rachel The Twelve Dancing Princesses
A retelling, set in Africa, of the story of twelve princesses who dance secretly all night long and how their secret is eventually discovered.
JE JANIS Janisch, Heinz I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear
A trouble bear approaches various humans for helps, but each tells him what's wrong with him before he can state his case. The humor in the textual repetitions and the illustrations of the bear's interrupters in their well-appointed work environments are a pleasure.
JE NIKOL Nikola-Lisa, W. Setting the Turkeys Free
When a sly, hungry fox threatens a flock of turkeys, the young artist who drew the birds must find a way to save them.
JE PINKN Pinkney, Jerry The Lion & the Mouse
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.
JE RATHM Rathmann, Peggy Good Night Gorilla
At bedtime, the little gorilla cleverly grabs the zookeeper's keys and frees a parade of animals to follow the keeper home to bed. The zookeeper's wife returns them all--or does she?

If you need help finding these or other Library materials, please check with anyone in Children's Services. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

This list was created by and is maintained by Children's Services Librarians.
Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at

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