Concepts of print is "the understanding of the elements of a book (print tells story, cover, title, author, beginning and ending, left to right and top to bottom sequence), sentences (meaning of a sentence, beginning and ending, role of capital letters and punctuation), words, and letters. ..." according to www.fcpsteach.org
So basically, it is everything you do while you are reading, but are never aware of; which is probably why I find it is a skill most pre-readers are lacking. Most parents don't often teach a skill to their child that they aren't even aware they were once taught themselves. Chances are that you were taught concepts of print in your kindergarten classroom. You most likely had a teacher point out the most important skills in this category, such as:
- words go left to right (at least in English)
- words on a page have meaning
- words make up sentences, which make up paragraphs, which make up a page, etc...
- the important features that make a book: author, illustrator, front cover, back cover, spine
- the sequence of events: beginning, middle, end
- features of text: capitalization, punctuation, etc.