• Have books and other reading material around your child from infancy on.
  • Be a role model. Children who see their parents and/or caregiver read will more likely want to be read to and will have a desire to read on their own.
  • For a baby or toddler give them sturdy board books or plastic bathtime books. This age explores reading through touch. Do not be concerned if the corner of a book goes into their mouth. Let them explore and become familiar with holding a book.
  • Let your child pretend to “read” parts of the book when you read together. Don’t be discouraged if she wants to have the same book read over and over again. This behavior is part of the learning process and shows interest in books and reading.
  • Make sure their books are age appropriate and made of materials to withstand heavy use. A  librarian would be happy to give you book suggestions!
  • Keep a basket or shelf of books at a height your child can easily reach, making books a part of their everyday life.
  • Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers.

Books about Reading:

Boo ABC: A to Z With the World’s Cutest Dog by J.H. Lee

Alphabet Trucks by Samantha Vamos

Hello Kitty: what will you be A to Z? by Higashi Glaser

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

Bang! Boom! Roar! a Crew of Dinosaurs by Nate Evans

Willie’s Word World by Don Curry

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

ABC Animal Jamboree by Giles Andreae

The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra

Alphabet Rescue by Audrey Wood