Parents: Reach Out and Read

Reach Out And Read participantsReading Tips for Parents

Parents are their children's first and most important teachers. Children grow up to become readers when their parents read to them from birth.

  • Make reading with your child part of the daily routine; a few minutes of reading is okay.
  • Don't be discouraged if your child doesn't seem interested at first or every time.
  • Always be positive even if your reading time together doesn't go as well as you had hoped.
  • Have fun!
  • Some children prefer to multi-task while you read to them. They may prefer to play with toys while they listen.
  • Let your child turn the pages and ask questions if they initiate this behavior.
  • Make the story come alive!
  • Let your child tell the story to you.
  • Visit your public library: librarians can help you select fun and age-appropriate books.

Do you want to encourage an early love of reading? Create a cozy reading space for your child designed just for them to dig into a good book!

Three Elements of Great Reading Spaces for Children

1. A cozy seat to snuggle into along with some pillows and blankets.

2. A fun book assortment displayed in baskets, boxes, or a forward-facing shelf.

3. A well-lit area or near a window for natural light.