Making the magic happen
It is never too early or too late to start reading to your child. You can make reading fun for them at any age. Try the suggestions below for creating reading magic in your home:
Always have books on hand—in the diaper bag or in the car to read or when you will have to wait (lines, appointments, restaurants).
Even without books, there’s lots to read—read signs, maps, instruction manuals, news—or tell your own stories or sing songs.
Create a special book shelf or book basket for children to access their own books.
Give books and magazines as gifts.
As children become readers, sometime have older children read to younger siblings or read aloud to you.
Start reading traditions in your family—bedtime stories, a special birthday book or holiday favorites—or a family read aloud night where each member of the family gets to read aloud.
Great read aloud tips
These links will give you many more ideas for successfully reading with your child and the reasons it’s important to do so.
And Do It Like This
Children’s author Mem Fox shares a chapter from her book Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever.
How School Librarians Can Assist You: Reading with Your Children
The American Association of School Librarians share these tips on how to read aloud to your child and why it's important.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Read-Aloud
This is an excerpt from Chapter Four of The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (Penguin, 2006, 6th edition).
How to Read to Your Child
Early literacy expert Susan B. Neuman gives practical advices on how to approach reading to your child.
Cultivating Readers, a parent-friendly magazine, written by the National Center for Family Literacy offers ideas and strategies for promoting reading in your home.
From its R.E.D. (Read Every Day) Zone, the BOOK IT! Program provides these tips for parents.
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