Building Essential Vocabulary and Comprehension Skills
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Program Overview

Scholastic Book Time is a read-aloud program that helps teachers develop children’s critical early literacy skills in vocabulary and comprehension. Book Time includes a collection of carefully selected fiction and nonfiction books, easy-to-use lesson plans, embedded professional development and opportunities for instructional assessment.

Book Time instruction utilizes three readings of each book. Each reading deepens children’s comprehension and allows teachers to focus on targeted skills. The three readings in each Book Time lesson include:

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Building understanding of the text is the first lesson goal, using specific read-aloud prompts to promote comprehension and engagement. Building vocabulary is the second goal. Book Time identifies key words to understanding the text and uses simple explanations and cues to provide direct and explicit vocabulary instruction. Building skills is the third goal. Each text provides an opportunity to focus on specific text decoding skills and context specific scaffolding for new vocabulary.

56 Read-Aloud Books: English & Spanish
Book Time comes in two versions: English and English Spanish PLUS
Book Time English version includes 56 read-aloud trade books in English (28 titles, 2 copies each)
See All Fiction Titles in English | See All Nonfiction in English

Book Time English-Spanish PLUS includes 56 read-aloud tradebooks in Spanish.
See All Fiction Titles in Spanish | See All Nonfiction in Spanish


Professional Guide

Book Time includes a teacher Professional Guide with detailed scope and sequence, easy-to-use lesson plans, clearly outlined learning goals for each book and targeted instruction and response activities.
Click Here for a Nonfiction Lesson Plan | Click Here for a Fiction Lesson Plan

Fiction Scope and Sequence (PDF)
Noniction Scope and Sequence (PDF)
Spanish Scope and Sequence (PDF)


Lending Library

Book Time includes two copies of each book. Why? Students can use the additional copy of each text as a classroom resource, to borrow and explore on their own or at home!