Sharing Books with Children

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Reading is one of the most important early learning activities there is. When your child discovers that sharing a book with a loving adult can be a warm, happy experience, they begin to build a lifelong love of reading. Tips for choosing books.

  • Physically play with books. Let your little one pick books up, flip them from front to back, and turn the pages.
  • Point out pictures and name them out loud. This helps your child make the association between words and their meanings.
  • Read in silly voices. It brings stories to life and makes reading all the more fun.
  • Talk about letters. Point them out in books and talk to your child about them; “the word ball starts with a ‘b’.”
  • Read the same book over. Although reading a wide range of books is good, too, kids learn through — and love — repetition.
  • Trace words with your fingers as you read. This helps youngsters make the connection between letters and words, what they sound like and mean.
  • Keep topics diverse. This will help to prepare your child to live in today’s “global village.”
  • Seeing other kids enjoying reading is a great way to keep your children motivated.
  • Enroll your child in Imagination Library, and they will receive free books from birth to age 5.

“Dialogic” reading – actively involving your child in reading

Try a twist with your reading by prompting your child with questions and encouraging discussion. “No one can learn to play the piano just by listening to someone else play. Likewise, no one can learn to read just by listening to someone else read.” It’s called Dialogic Reading, and there are techniques for how to practice it. Read more »

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