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Sesame Street in Communities

The Big Idea: Stories aren't found only in books—you can even find them in a photo album.

Sharing Books Together

Reading & Writing Age 0 to 6 10 Min

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KouBzSyKMGw

Watch this video on your own. Then say to kids, “Let’s look at a book!” Find a photo album to “read” together (or make a photo slideshow on your phone). Young children delight in looking at pictures of themselves, their family, and friends; and they will enjoy flipping or swiping through the album and talking about the photos together.

For younger children, hold the album and let kids help you turn the pages. Talk about what you see as you point at the pictures (“Oh look, you’re sitting at the beach on a red blanket with your friend Marco.”).

Older children can explain the details of what’s happening on each page and have fun telling stories. (“What do you think happened right before this picture was taken?” and “What happened after?”). Try starting the album by saying “Once upon a time…” and finishing it with “The End!”