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Picture Clues

Being a good reader is like being a detective. Readers use all of the information on a page to put together the story. An important way for young readers to learn to do this is by looking at the pictures in a book. Using picture clues can help a child solve unknown words and make predictions. Never cover the pictures; they tell part of the story.

Let your child be a detective. Take a 'book walk' or a preview of a book. Look through the book and ask your child, "What do you think is happening here?" Make predictions about the story with your child. Before long, your child will begin to make these predictions in their heads, which is what good readers do!