Did you know that it only takes 15 minutes a day to create a reader?
It’s true! Here are some tips to help your reading experience with your child be a fun and rewarding adventure.
Types of Books for Kids
- Picture Books: for all ages; includes folktales, humor, imagination, everyday life, etc.
- Beginning Readers: for independent reading written at specific grade levels
- Novels: includes chapter book stories written at various reading levels; begin reading novels aloud when your child asks you to read for a longer amount of time.
- Non-Fiction: includes poetry, cooking, sports, joke books, animals, history, arts & crafts, biographies; written at various reading levels.
- Other Materials: newspapers, magazines.
General Tips for Reading Aloud
- Allow your child to see you reading.
- Read with expression; read slowly.
Encourage your child to participate by:
- asking open-ended questions that make your child think, like "What would you do?"
- alternate reading with your child. Take turns reading a page or chapter each.
- Along with a read aloud time, plan an independent reading time as well.
- Keep plenty of reading materials around the house.
- Involve your child in selecting books as much as possible.
- Matching the right book with the right child takes time. Be patient.
- Make sure that you, as the reader, enjoy the story.
- If a story isn't working, it is O.K. to stop reading.