Tips to Encourage Reading With Your Child

One thing a parent hears all the time is, Read to your kids..

Cherylyn Feierabend,
July 21, 2007
Episode #024

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It is important to choose a comfortable location to read. Pick out a spot where you and your child can sit quietly without interruption. The fewer distractions there are, the more you and your child can focus on the books. Younger children enjoy books and stories which have rhymes or repetition. The Dr. Seuss books come to mind, as these were my daughter’s first favorite books. She would ask me to read Go Dog Go! over and over again. If your child has a favorite book she requests every night, go ahead and read it. Try to read a different book along with it. Eventually one of the new books will become her new favorite, but don’t be surprised if you are reading the same book each day. If your child starts asking you to read at different times during the day, try to accommodate as much as possible. I don’t believe it’s possible to read to your children too much.

When you are reading aloud to your child, she will enjoy a book much more if you can fit your voice with the story. Your child will be able to understand a story better if you use different voices for different characters. You can also add some dialogue of your own. Asking questions will also help to engage your little listener. Of course, some children are too young to answer questions, but go ahead and ask anyway. Children and babies love this type of interaction. Regardless of your child’s age, be sure to give her a moment to respond after asking a question.

I’ve loved reading since I was a child myself and I feel as though I could talk about it for days, but I am going to stop myself here and give you one final tip for now. Take advantage of your local libraries. Not only do they have books that you can borrow for free, but many libraries also have wonderful reading programs for all ages. Many libraries also have story times, puppet shows, magicians, and other types of entertainment. If you don’t have a library card, it’s time to get one for you and for your child. Children who see their parents enjoying a good book are more likely to give reading a try themselves.

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