Reading aloud is a great way to share words and bond with your child. Children who hear a lot of words in the first few years are more likely to develop larger vocabularies and become better readers.
Try these reading tips:
- Start reading to your baby from birth.
- Sturdy, board books are a good choice for babies. They're less likely to fall apart when being handled (or chewed) by your baby.
- Read simple books. In the first few months, choose books with large pictures and bright colors.
- Talk about the pictures. For example, if there's a picture of a dog, talk about a dog you know.
- It's okay if your baby grows restless while reading. Try again later.
- Any time can be story time – at bedtime, on the subway or on the bus.
- Share favorite books again and again. Young children like repetition – and it helps them understand and learn.
- Reading books is a great way to involve others – grandparents, aunts and uncles, and older siblings.
- Join your local library. It's free! You can borrow books and participate in library programs. To find your local branch, call 311 or search online.
- Have a good time while reading. Your baby can learn from you that books are fun.