Reading

Why reading is important

Boy reading a bookReading together— shared reading— is the single most important way to help children get ready to read. It increases vocabulary and general knowledge, and helps children develop an interest in learning to read themselves.

How to encourage reading

Help your child be ready to read with these simple activities every day.

  • Read every day.
  • Make shared reading interactive. Look at the cover and predict what the book is about. Have your child turn the pages. Ask questions as you read and listen to what your child says. Ask your child to retell the story.
  • Use books to help teach new words. As you read, talk about what new words mean.

Looking for more ways to encourage reading?

  • Keep books in a toy box or on a low shelf so they are easily accessible to your child.
  • Hold a book upside down and see if your child knows what is wrong.
  • Point to words as you read them.
  • Choose books on topics that interest your child.
  • Find a time to read when you and your child will both enjoy it.

Books

Encourage reading with these books.

Babies

Toddlers

Preschool

Rhymes, songs and stories

Encourage reading with these stories.