Every Child Is a Reader (Even If They Can’t Yet Read the Words) | Deborah Farmer Kris

May 20, 2021

In early September, my first grader sat on her bed thumbing through a picture book that was way above her reading level. “I’m reading this book all by myself, mommy! I’m reading the pictures. My teacher says that’s one way to read a book.”

In the first week of school, she had learned that there are three ways to read a book: reading the pictures, reading the words, and retelling the story.

Gail Boushey is a literacy expert and co-author of The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades, the book that coined the idea of “three ways to read a book.” This concept builds on extensive research about how young children learn to read.

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Deborah Farmer Kris is a senior parenting columnist at Intrepid Ed News. This piece was originally published on PBS KIDS on Jan. 4, 2018. Click here to read the rest of the article.

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Deborah Farmer Kris

A writer, teacher, parent, and child development expert, Deborah Farmer Kris writes regularly for PBS KIDS for Parents and NPR’s MindShift; her work has been featured several times in The Washington Post; and she is the author of the All the Time picture book series (coming out in 2022) focused on social-emotional growth. A popular speaker, Deborah has a B.A. in English, a B.S. in Education, and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology. Mostly, she loves finding and sharing nuggets of practical wisdom that can help kids and families thrive — including her own. You can follow her on Twitter @dfkris, contact her at [email protected], or visit her website: Parenthood365 (https://www.parenthood365.com/)