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Reading tips to help you, your child’s first teacher! Begin reading and talking to your baby as soon as possible. The sounds and pictures help your child learn about language and the world around them. QPL’s Children’s Librarian can help you make selections and find books and materials appropriate to your child’s age and development.
Seasonally themed story times give children a head start in reading readiness in a fun, interactive, and welcoming environment. QPL offers frequent story times for children ages 6 months and up. Please check QPL’s class and event listing for the current schedule.
1. Establish a special reading routine. Having a regular reading time helps a child know when to look forward to a story.
2. Timing is important. Don’t read to a fussy baby, but wait until the child is ready to sit still and pay attention. And, read when you are in the mood to do so. If you are having a bad day, it will show in your reading.
3. Choose a book that is not only appropriate for the child, but that you like, too. This makes the experience more enjoyable for both of you.
4. Hold the child so that the pictures can be seen easily. A newborn will focus more on your voice than on the pictures, but as a baby grows, the ability to view the pictures is important
5. Allow the child to assist you in the reading experience. For example, the child can help turn pages if you keep all the pages, except the next one to be turned, in your right hand.
6. Point to and identify things in the pictures as you read. As an infant gets older, you can encourage him to point to the pictures as you read about them.
7. React positively to all the child’s attempts at naming objects, turning pages, or forms of verbalization. Remember, even the smallest attempt is a step in the right direction.
8. Use your voice as a tool. Generally using a quiet, soft voice is best, but there are times when your voice can show excitement, surprise, or any number of other emotions.
9. Tune in to the child’s development. For example, from about five to nine months a baby usually will attempt to “handle” a book as you read it. Have something else ready for the baby to chew, pull or tug at while you maintain possession of the book
10. Be responsive. Watch for the cues babies present that tell you they have had enough, such as crying or pushing to get off your lap. If you pay attention to these signals, you’ll know when it’s time to put the book down and stop.