Choosing Books with Your Child

Choosing Books with Your Child

You can encourage your child to learn by showing the importance of books and reading

A simple way is to create a place where she can store books. You can also encourage your child to borrow books from the library, allowing you to spark interest in reading during school breaks and summer. If you are not sure where to start looking for books that appeal to your child, ask the librarian or your child’s teacher.

See if the library will issue a library card in your child’s name and if not, get a card for yourself. Libraries usually sponsor reading events and clubs for children, offering a great way for your child to enjoy reading with her friends.

Allow your child to choose her own books. Some books will be too hard for your child to read alone. If she needs help with more than five words on the page, this is an ideal book for you to read to your child. Children learn a lot about reading by being read to, and this will help them see that you are interested in reading, too.

Allow your child to experience the pleasure of choosing books. Don’t worry if she wants to read the same book more than once. Just as a musician enjoys playing the same piece of music many times, so a young reader can get something more from a book each time she reads it.

Rhyming books help your child pay attention to the sounds of words. Books with repeated words and phrases help your child learn about the sounds of language and patterns in words.

Content adapted with permission from Institute of Education, University of London