The best part about reading aloud is that you don't
need any special tools or a lot of money - it's just you, your
child, and a book!
- Read just a few pages at a time. Babies have short attention
spans so it's okay to put the book aside when your child loses
- Choose brightly colored board books that have pictures of
familiar objects, like toys or animals.
- Pick board books that have pop-up characters, different
textures to feel, flaps to lift, and holes where kids can poke
their fingers through.
- Cuddling while you read helps your baby feel safe, warm, and
connected to you.
- Read the same stories over and over again so your child can
start making connections between words and pictures.
- Encourage your child to turn the book's pages.
- Ask your child to name what's in the picture or what will
- Change your voice to match different characters or the action
that's taking place in the story.
- Let your child choose the book that she wants you to read.
- Have your child follow along by moving your finger under the
words as you read.
- Encourage your child to sound out simple words and phrases with
- Ask your kids which character they like best or what they think
is going to happen next in the story.
- Make up a different ending to the story.
- Extend reading time by doing a related activity together, like
drawing a picture that describes the story.