Reading is a gift. It is a way to travel the galaxy, unlock our creativity, enrich our minds, and transport ourselves to faraway lands—all from the comfort of our favorite relaxing spot!
It is important to remember that everyone reads at a different level, but at the end of the day, reading should be fun. As a mama myself, I enjoy sharing the experience of story time with my little one and watching him learn, fascinated by the smallest of details.
Below are a few tips I have found helpful when reading to children—from a packed library story time to a bedtime routine, we can nurture a passion for reading, one kiddo at a time.Kimberly Palmucci
- Add reading to your child’s bedtime routine. This is not only a great way to help your little one wind down, but also creates a feeling of togetherness and quality time. It will also help your kiddo consistently read every day!
- Have a cozy reading spot. Speaking of winding down, having a go-to comfortable reading spot can really help spark a passion for reading. Whether it’s a reading nook or cozy chairs, snuggling up with a good book is always encouraged.
- Make reading fun! Use different voices and facial expressions when you read. It makes it fun for everyone! The children will pick up on your enthusiasm and energy.
- Let your kiddo pick the story. Letting your child select the book they want to read encourages confidence and decision making. All kids are different—is your little one having trouble deciding? Sometimes, less is more. Have a small bookshelf with only a few books on it, and rotate the books out weekly for more selections.
- Go slow! When reading to your little one, take your time. Reading at a slow pace allows them to follow along and make connections between the words and the illustrations. Spend time on each page showing them the words and letting them look at the pictures.
- Ask questions and talk about the characters/plot. As you are taking your time to read, pause to ask questions and discuss the book or characters with your child. This will help keep them interested and involved with the story.
- Pick books that involve their interests! Does your child love dinosaurs, the beach, or maybe cars? Choosing books that involve their favorite things will get them excited about story time!
- Scatter books throughout the house. Having books in various locations throughout the house, as opposed to one spot, makes them very accessible. Make books the norm in your home!
- Rhyming books are purr-fect…and I’m not just saying that because the Purr-fectly series rhymes! I chose to structure my picture books in this way because it helps children remember the words and the story, even if they can’t read every word yet.
- It’s more than okay to read the same book…over and over! Has your child found that favorite book that they can’t put down? And do they choose this book every day for story time? That’s great news! It’s encouraged to read and repeat as many times as you can.
- Lead by example, and have fun! Children watch what we do…set an example that reading is important by reading in front of them in your free time.
If you’re looking for tips specific to the Purr-fectly series or The Wormwood Mysteries, head over to my discussion on themes, plot points, and conversation starters for readers here.