What stories should I pick?
Very young children enjoy sim-
ple picture and storybooks
with photos or drawings
of objects that are
familiar. One picture
and word on a page is
best to hold the baby’s
attention. Sturdy books of
cardboard or cloth invite use
and are durable.
Try making “personalized” books by past-
ing pictures (either photos or from maga-
zines) of familiar people, places and
objects onto cardboard. Or use a photo
album to protect from sticky fingers and
drool. Point to the pictures as you tell sto-
ries about them. Encourage your child to
point out certain pictures; then follow his
lead! When the baby begins to talk, try
repeating words together.
Older children may like the variety that
lift-the-flap, touch-and-feel/sound books
How can I help my young child to
! Try putting 2-3 books with their covers
facing out where a young child can reach
! Choosing a favorite story keeps chil-
dren involved. Remember, kids like repeti-
tion; see if your child anticipates what
! Young children may have a hard time
turning pages. Try adding page “fluffers” in
different positions to make this easier.
It’s never too early to begin reading to your
child. Research shows that children who
are read to from birth learn to read sooner
and more easily. Reading aloud is the best
way to encourage children to read. Parents
who don’t read can make up stories about
the pictures in a book- it is the language
experience that the baby benefits from!
When- at bedtime?
Although bedtime is a “natural” time to read
together, anytime, anywhere, anyplace is
the rule! Making it part of a routine (nap-
time, bathtime, etc.) helps to ensure it hap-
pens everyday. Reading is a sharing time;
cuddle the child
on your lap and
talk about the book,
its pictures and
words. In addition to
stories, read cards,
cereal boxes or sing songs and repeat
rhymes to your baby. When a child brings
a book to you, make time to read it to her,
even if you are busy.
Any special way to read?
Let your voice get soft