Every night when my kids were little – starting when they were babies – we would wrap up our day with some cozy reading time, followed by a lullaby and a prayer. They loved it. I loved it. My husband loved it.
We had our favorite board books which included Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (to which we always added a long list of items in their room), Time for Bed by Mem Fox, and my son’s all-time favorite What to Wear, Jesse Bear” by Nancy White Carlstrom (to which we made up our own tune and actions).
And this picture, oh this picture, makes me smile. I think my husband took it or maybe my sister. It was taken shortly after our sweet Miss A arrived and my son, then four, was so excited that he held her hand during our bedtime readings. Wasn’t that a precious and tender way to demonstrate his love?
Now, in celebration of the joy and bonding that happen when we read with our little ones, here are 10 tips for reading board books with babies and toddlers. What would you add?
Tip #1: Make reading time special. (It’s about more than just reading. It’s about
bonding, interacting and fostering love of story and storytelling.)
Tip #2: Ask questions. “Where’s the___?” “Who/what’s that?” “What’s ___ doing?”
Tip #3: Read anywhere, anytime. Read often.
Tip #4: Add simple actions and/or sounds. (Like animal sounds)
Tip #5: Vary the delivery. Sing the story. Use different voices.
Tip #6: Let toddlers turn the pages. Anticipate what will happen.
Tip #7: Point and name things as you read.
Tip #8: Extend the story with an activity. (Like counting or drawing)
Tip #9: Read the same stories again and again… if they ask! That’s how they learn and grow.
Tip #10: Establish weekly library visits. (Let them pick some of the books.)
Happy Reading, all!
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