Tips for sharing books with babies and young children

The following tips have been sought from the Raising Children Network website. Why not try some of them today with your child?

  • Make a routine and try to share at least one book every day.
  • Turn off the TV or radio, and find a quiet place to read so your child can hear your voice.
  • Hold your child close or on your knee while you read, so she can see your face and the book.
  • Try out funny noises and sounds – play and have fun!
  • Involve your child by encouraging talk about the pictures, and by repeating familiar words and phrases.
  • Visit your local library – it’s free to join and borrow.
  • Let your toddler choose the books when he’s old enough to start asking.
  • Be prepared to read favourite books over and over again!