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Concepts of print refers to children’s knowledge of the functions of print and how print works for the purposes of reading, particularly with regard to books. In order to understand how print works, children should be exposed to print concepts on a daily basis. Children who are exposed to print concepts on a daily basis begin to understand that written language carries meaning. Children see print all around them. They can recognize print in various forms by seeing it in their environment and observing adults working with print.

  • Before you read a book to your child, talk about the front cover, the back cover, and the title.
  • While you read a book, talk with your child about the difference between words and pictures; sentences and words; words and letters.
  • After you read a book to your child, have him/her draw her favorite part of the book. Then ask her what she drew while you transcribe what he/she says. Re-read the sentence to him/her and point out: capital letter at the beginning, the period at the end, space between words, etc.
  • While you read a pattern book (a book that repeats the same line), point to each word as you read it.
  • While you read a book to your child, ask him/her to turn the pages.

Examples of books with word patterns and predictability that children often enjoy:

  • Williams, S. (1992). I Went Walking. Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
  • Brown, M.W. (1947). Goodnight Moon. New York: Harper & Row.
  • Carle, E. (1969). The Very Hungry Caterpillar. New York: Philomel.
  • Martin, B. (1983). Brown Bear, Brown Bear. New York: Henry Holt.
  • Miller, J.P. (2010). The Little Red Hen. Penguin Random House
  • Cowley, J. (1999). Mrs. Wishy-Washy. New York: Philomel.