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Child Care Choices: Building an at-home library

building a home libraryResearch has shown that reading aloud to children is the most important stepping stone toward a child’s eventual success as an independent reader. When children are read to, their vocabularies grow and they become motivated to learn to read on their own.

To assist parents, grandparents and other caregivers who would like to assemble a high-quality at-home library for children, the American Library Association – Children’s Book Council Joint Committee, in cooperation with the Association for Library Service to Children’s Quicklists Consulting Committee, has created “Building a Home Library” bibliographies for four age groups: 0-3, 4-7, 8-11 and 12-14.

The lists contain both classic and contemporary book titles, are updated every two years and can be downloaded at ala.org/alsc/building-home-library-2014-update.

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