• Be animated. Read each book to its fullest potential. Your voice and facial expressions give a book life. Make it an exciting one.

  • Let them fill in the blanks. If a book repeats phrases or words, has pictures that help you discover some of the words, or if the child has read a book several times and knows it well, pause when you come to an obvious word and let them say it. This is a big part of teaching children to read. When they read their favorite books over and over again until they can 'read' it without your help, they begin to believe that they have the ability to read. And they do in a sense. What better way to encourage reading than to help them learn to 'read' the books they love? Actual reading will come in time, but this is a great beginning for any child!

  • Talk about the story. Stop at "cliff-hanger" pages and ask them what they think will come next. Talk about how the characters feel or why they are acting a certain way. Use books to discuss your own opinions on topics like anger, selfishness, greed, laziness, being polite, kindness, etc. For example, those first two pigs are kind of lazy aren't they? What happened to them because of it? Or, Cinderella's stepmother wasn't very kind, was she? And so on.

  • Share your favorites. Find your favorite authors and illustrators and buy or check out their books frequently. Make sure to mention how you love Mark Buehner's artwork or the way Dr. Seuss uses words. Talk to them about what they like or don't like in different books.

Few things in life are more fun and rewarding than curling up on the couch with your kids and a good book. If you truly want your kids to learn to read well, then READ TO THEM EVERY DAY! There is no better way to teach your kids that reading is fun and interesting.
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