Sharing books with your children, Tips for parents:
- Try to make time everyday to share a book with your child
- Find a quiet place to share your story. Turn off the TV and radio as this will help your child to listen without distraction.
- Read the story to your child and talk about the pictures
- Relate the pictures or story to people and places that you know
- Books with rhyme and repetition – encourage your child to join in
- You don’t always have to ‘read’ a book, you can point at the pictures and talk about them
- If your child already knows the story, let them take the lead and retell the story to you. Ask questions like ‘What’s your favourite part of the story?’; ‘How do you think she felt about that?’
- New stories are good for encouraging predicting skills, ask your child what they think happens next
- Don’t worry if your child regularly brings home the same storybook, children love to revisit the same stories
- Talk to your child about minding their books
- Remember to return the book on the selected weekday so that your child is able to choose a new book
- Let other grown-ups – grandparents, carers and older brothers and sisters –join in too.
- Don’t read for too long, little and often is best
- Remember you’re not teaching your child to read, you’re just encouraging a love of story…
If you are interested in further information on sharing books with children then why not have a look at our leaflet ‘Read with Me’.