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3 reasons to add Brown Bear, Brown Bear to your book collection

Reading to your child every day is vital. Reading helps build their language skills and exposes them to new vocab and sentence structures, as well as new ideas and concepts. Before a child can learn to read or write, they must have good oral language. Mem Fox famously advocates for reading 3 books a day to your little one. It can be the same book three times, it can be three books in one sitting, it can be three books spread across the day.

On the last Tuesday of each month, I’ll be sharing some of my fav early childhood books and highlighting a few of the reasons why I love them from an Early Childhood educator’s point of view.

First up, 3 reasons to add Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? to your collection.

  1. The structure of the story is the same on each page. Read this story more than a few times and even the even the tiniest kiddo will start to feel like a reader as they are able to join in with the story. Which leads to number 2. 
  2. As your kiddo gets more familiar with the text they’ll be more confident predicting or remembering which animal comes next. This sort of success allows your little love to gain confidence and positive self esteem as a reader. Instilling a love of reading from a young age is a wonderful gift to give any child. 
  3. There is a strong emphasis on colour recognition in this story with a Brown Bear, Red Bird, Yellow Duck, Blue Horse etc, which is a simple way of introducing and reinforcing colour with tiny kiddos. You can extend this awareness by asking questions like:
  • Can you point to the yellow duck?
  • Can you see something in the room that is the same colour as the duck?
  • Your shirt is red, can you remember which animals was red in our story?

You can find a copy of the board book version, (great for teeny tiny babes!) at Book Depository HERE.

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