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Raise a Reader

Tips for Parents

​Here are a few tips for parents to make reading fun for all ages:

Make sharing books part of every day
Read or share stories at bedtime or on the bus.

Have fun
Children can learn from you that books are fun, which is an important ingredient in learning to read.

A few minutes is all it takes
Young children can only sit for a few minutes for a story. You don’t have to finish the story. As they grow, they will be able to sit longer.

Talk or sing about the pictures
You do not have to read the words to tell a story.

Let your child turn the pages
Babies need board books and help turning pages, but a 3-year-old can do it alone. It's okay to skip pages.

Show the cover page
Explain what the story is about.

Show the words
Run your finger along the words as you read them, from left to right.

Make the story come alive
Create voices for the story characters and use your body to tell the story.

Make it personal
Talk about your own family, pets or community when you are reading about others in a story.

Ask questions
Use the story to engage in conversation and to talk about familiar activities and objects. Let your child ask questions too.

Let your children tell the story
Children as young as 3 years old can memorize a story, and many children love to be creative through storytelling.

Last updated: 3/4/2014 7:24 AM