A Year of Picture Books with Repetitive Text

Picture books with repetitive, predictable texts are one of the most enjoyable and effective tools for teaching young children early language skills. Young children love being able to anticipate and chime in with repeated texts. Needless to say, I am always on the hunt for picture books with predictable texts because Junior finds them so engaging and because there is so much he learns from them. So I created a list of picture books appropriate for each month of the year.

As with Five in a Row, I like to read the same picture book everyday for several days in a row with my son. Here are some of the things I try to accomplish:

  • Monday – explore the book, talk about new vocabulary, count items on a page, act out a scene from the book
  • Tuesday – look for rhyming words, practice saying rhyming words, work on prepositions (ie. where is the bear? in the den)
  • Wednesday – work on articulating targeted sounds or multi-syllabic words, practice saying repeated phrases
  • Thursday – fill in the blanks… I read a part and drop out a word/phrase and let Junior fill in
  • Friday – encourage Junior to read along as much as possible, sequence events in the book with pictures

For each month, I list four to six books because some months have more than four weeks. Most of these books should be available in the public library, especially through inter-library loan.













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What books would you add to this list?

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