Literacy development starts early in life and is highly correlated with school achievement. For this reason I offer the children in my care as many experiences with language and literacy as possible. The more children are exposed to literacy and language through reading books, singing songs and reciting poems the more likely they will be successful in learning to read and school success. A great part of my child care program is the respect and support that we have for the diversity of children's families, cultures, and language. I meld my passion for early literacy with diversity by incorporating a wide variety of books and stories which depict characters of different family, cultures, traditions, languages and backgrounds.
Parent and Child Magazine put together a list of 100 of the greatest books for kids of all time. I have listed them here and arranged them by age so that families can get ideas for their own home libraries. Our daycare is currently working on obtaining the books on this list for our own library.
*Titles marked in this color are titles that the daycare already owns.
Browse this list of new and classic children's books recommended by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
* Titles highlighted in green are books that we own.