• Books and stories can be wonderful ways for your child to be exposed to new vocabulary words and new ideas.
  • Reading is such an important skill when your child goes to school, that it’s a great idea to establish a love of reading early on in your child’s life.
  • Read TO your child often – at least once a day for at least 20 minutes.
  • Choose stories that are bright and colorful, have high-interest photos or pictures, and interesting stories.
  • Simple non-fiction books can be especially useful as your child is beginning to learn about the world around him
  • There are many fabulous children’s books about animals, food, people, places, and things that can help your child to learn about his world.
  • As you read to your child, talk about what you think the characters are feeling, why they do the things they do, and what might happen next.
  • Also, it’s terrific if you can make a connection between the story and something your child has experienced for herself.
  • For example, if you read a book about farm animals and your child has seen farm animals at a Fair, then make sure to talk about how the story reminds you of the time that your child saw the same kinds of animals.

Tip #13: The Bottom Line:
Read to your child often, and talk about the stories. Link what you read in stories to things your child has seen or done