When reading a book to your young children, you can help them learn how books "work"
     by pointing out some text features that may not be apparent to them. 
    This will help your child as he/she learns to read independently. 

    Concepts of Print

             Purpose of print

             Different forms of print

             Relationship between print and the spoken word

             How to hold a book

             How stories work (fiction - setting, characters, problem, solution; nonfiction - main idea and supporting details)

             Concept of word

             Difference between a word and a letter

             Parts of a book (cover, title page; nonfiction - captions, labels, glossary, index, etc.)

             Directionality - (left to right across the page, return sweep - going to the next line of print)

             Difference between upper and lowercase letters

             Punctuation (different types, form, and use)