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Recommended Reading

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - It’s never too early to encourage children to read and,  fortunately, there are easy, everyday activities that develop early literacy  skills.

Based on recent early literacy research, the Association for Library  Service to Children (ALSC) encourages parents to engage in five simple  activities: reading, singing, talking, writing and playing with their  children to support their child’s early literacy skills.

To make it all easier, ALSC has teamed up with LEGO® DUPLO® to create the  Read! Build! Play! Preschool Reading List.

Developed for children under 5, each of the 10 books was selected by ALSC’s  Early Childhood Programs and Services committee for age-appropriate content,  engaging story, ability to inspire interactivity and creative play, and  general availability in American libraries. Inspirational building  instructions and activity suggestions are paired with each book, offering  creative suggestions for children to play along with the stories.

“Through play, young children learn about their world. With this  knowledge, they can understand books and stories once they begin to read,”   said Starr Latronica, ALSC president. “Our member librarians are often asked  by parents for age-appropriate book recommendations and tips to develop early  literacy skills. By extending our successful partnership with LEGO DUPLO on  the Read! Build! Play! initiative, we can offer new ways to engage children  to develop even more readers.”

The comprehensive list has five books for children ages 1 through 3 and  five books for children 3 through 5 years of age.