Reading is a great way to spend some magical time with your little ones and allows parents to take some time off from their busy schedules and unwind with their children.
We have put together for you, some tips that will make the experience of reading to them, even more joyful.
Let your child decide: Let your little ones decide which book they want to read and for how long. It is very natural for children to get bored and distracted very easily. Do not let that bother you. The aim is to slowly inculcate in your child a love for reading.
Show children the cover page: A great way to start off a book is by looking at the cover page. For older children, one could also ask them to guess what the story will be based on the cover page.
Let your child turn the pages: A great way to make your child enjoy reading is to involve them in the whole process. Build up the excitement on what to expect on the next page of the story.
Connect what’s on the page to your child’s world: Most books for children come with a lot of pictures and fewer words. A great way to bring the book to life is by labeling familiar objects around the house to the objects in the book.
Make the characters come to Life: Create voices for all the characters in the story. Use a lot of actions while reading out the story. Make reading fun for your child!
Show children the words. Run your finger along with the words that you read.
Reading as a routine: Always remember to make reading a part of their daily schedule. Reading for even 10 – 15 minutes every day, can go a long way!
We hope these tips will help you maximize the joy of reading to your children and nurture in them, a life-long love for books. Please find below some reading lists to start your little ones off on their amazing journey of books and stories.
Book Recommendations for Infants
Bath one Baby by Melanie Joyce and Claire Henley
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Look, Look! by Peter Linenthal
4. Let’s Play by Gina Ford
5. Where is Baby’s Mommy by Karen Katz
Book Recommendations for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Don’t Let the Pigeon drive the bus, by Mo.Willems
Spot goes to a party
Story of Sea Shells
The Tiger who came to Tea
The Day the Crayons Quit
Elmer by David Mckee
Where the Wild Things Are
Goldilocks & The Three Bears
Green eggs & Ham, by Dr Suess
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carl
Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbelll
The snail and the whale, by Julia Donaldson
Good night, Gorilla , by Peggy Rathmann
Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres
Orange Pear, Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Things to learn with Bruno
Giraffe can’t Dance
Why Elephant has a trunk
Sparkly Day by Helen Stephens
We are going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury