Early Lit Bits: “Dot” Book Review

Dot by Patricia Intriago
“Dot here, dot there. Lots of dots everywhere!” This new concept book will certainly be a hit and perhaps inspire your little artist to create her own book of dots. The text is spare and the dots are vivid, changing color to represent stop and go, or hiding behind a square to represent shyness. 

In a one-on-one setting, point to the words as you read them and ask your child why the pictures reflect the words. Why do you think these dots are “light?” They look like bubbles! Showing the relationships between words and pictures is one way to get your child ready to read. 

Because the pictures in the book are large and bright, this book would also work well in a group setting, inviting children to guess what the dots represent without even seeing the words. Reading this together may also spark conversation about opposites, a fun concept to discuss with pre-readers. Playing word games in which your child guesses the opposites of familiar words is another wonderful way to get ready to read! 

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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