Q:

What are "predictable" books and why should young children read them? -- Curious

A:

Predictable books or predictable pattern books, as they are often called, repeat certain words or phrases over and over again throughout the entire book. After hearing the book several times, children are able to repeat the words and thus participate in the reading of the book.

You may remember from your childhood hearing "This is the house that Jack built," "Run, Run as fast as you can. I'm the Gingerbread Man" or" I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in." And you probably enjoyed these stories because you knew what was coming next. In the same way, your children can enjoy books like "Brown Bear, Brown Bear."