Raise a Reader!
Tips for Raising a Reader from the American Library Association
When to share books
Begin when your child is born.
Set aside a special time each day, such as nap time, bedtime, or after meals.
Share books when you and your child are in a relaxed mood.
Limit sharing time if your child becomes fussy or restless.
Take advantage of “waiting” times to share books – on trips, at the doctor’s office, in line at the grocery store.
Soothe a child who is sick or cranky.
How to share books
Find a comfortable place to sit (a rocking chair is wonderful).
Recite or sing rhymes from your favorite books.
Turn off other distractions--television, radio, or stereo.
Hold the book so your child can see the pages clearly.
Involve your child by having him or her point out objects, talk about the pictures, or repeat common words.
Read with expression.
Vary the pace of your reading--slow or fast.
Have your child select books to read.
Reread your child's favorite books whenever asked.
Be enthusiastic about books.
Be an example for your child--let her or him see you read books, too.
Keep a wide selection of reading materials at home.
Be aware of your child's reading interests.
Give books as presents
Begin to build a child's home library.
Get to know the children's librarian at your local public library.
Use your local library regularly and register your child for a library card.
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