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How to Read to Young Kids

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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!

Book _icon Tips for Reading Aloud:

Baby

  • 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 interest.
  • 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.

Toddler

  • 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 happen next.
  • 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.

Preschooler

  • 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 you.
  • 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.

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