Library cards for kids

Allow your child to have his or her own library card. It costs nothing and opens a lifetime of enjoyment and learning.

It’s never too soon to start reading to your children

If your child learns early to associate reading with pleasure, she is more likely to enjoy reading on her own when she is older.

Reading tip

Ensure literacy at an early age, make sure that books are visible and at the child’s level.

Do as I do

When you read newspapers and write letters, you show your young child how reading and writing are useful. By demonstrating why reading and writing are important, you will motivate your child to become a reader and writer.

Library summer activities

Check out summer programs at your local public library. Many feature special story times, sing-alongs, and puppet shows during the summer. These programs offer fun opportunities for your child to expand his language-and literacy-related skills.

Read early and read often

Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It’s never too early to begin reading to your child.

Leaps in vocabulary

Kids make big leaps in vocabulary during in toddlerhood, and learn about letters, shapes, colors, weather, animals, seasons – all of which can be reinforced through books.

Reading out loud to kids

Set aside a consistent time each day for reading aloud. Choose a read-aloud time that fits your family’s schedule and stick to it every day.

Reading and positive association

Have positive associations with reading. If feeling tense or your child is resisting, set book aside & returning to it later.

Summer reading activities

Check out summer programs at your local public library. Many feature special story times, sing-alongs, and puppet shows during the summer.

Have fun while reading

Not having fun? Reading with a very young child is primarily about building positive experiences with books, not finishing every book you start.

Read a Valentine’s Story

Lots of libraries will be doing Valentine’s day specials for kids today, and if not, you can always find a cute Valentine’s kid book at your local book store.

Energizing the reading experience

When reading to your child read with expression using different voices for different characters.

Choosing children’s books

Choose children’s books with large print words and extremely clear pictures. This will help your child to understand what they are seeing and to learn to read words.

Toddler attention span tip

Don’t expect your toddler to sit still for a book. They may be moving, but they are listening.

Reading is important

Help your child see that reading is important. Set a good example for your child by reading books, newspapers and magazines.

Getting the most out of reading to a child

Read with expression, pitching your voice higher or lower where it’s appropriate or using different voices for different characters.

Read every day

Try to set aside time to read every day – perhaps before nap time and bedtime.

Selecting books for toddlers

Select books that appeal to infants & toddlers. Look for bright colors, sharp contrasts between picture and page and rhythmic writing

Spark creativity when reading

Use stories as an opportunity to engage in conversation and to talk about familiar activities and objects.