How to Share Books with Your Children

30 to 35 Months Old

                30 to 35 Months Can:

  1. Look at a book you are holding and talk about it
  2. Tell you the names of the stories they want to share
  3. Remember which book you read last night
  4. Tell you about pictures and stories in longer sentences
  5. Tell you their version of the story in a favorite book
  6. Ask you a question about the characters in a story
  7. Pretend to be a character in a favorite story

You Can:

  1. Find a quiet, cozy place to cuddle up with a few picture books
  2. Use reading together as a way to calm and comfort your child
  3. Talk about how things that happen in books are like things your child has done/seen
  4. Talk about feelings of the characters. Ask if your child has ever felt like this
  5. Count pictures wait for your child to repeat the numbers after you
  6. Ask your child to show you all the things that are alike in some way
  7. Take your child to the library to choose books

3 Year Old

                3 Year Olds Can:

  1. Choose a favorite book to read with you
  2. Pretend to read a favorite book out loud to you
  3. Tell you how a story is like things they have seen/done
  4. Ask questions about books you are enjoying together
  5. Correct you if you try to skip a page or even a word
  6. Tell you what they like about a book
  7. Tell you the story in a favorite book in their own words

You Can:

  1. Find a quiet, cozy place to cuddle up with a few good picture books
  2. Ask your child to tell you about the pictures and the story
  3. Respond with excitement to your child’s questions & comments
  4. Ask your child to show you all the things in a picture that are alike
  5. Use different voices for different characters
  6. Talk about emotions in pictures and stories
  7. Point out colors, shapes and numbers in their books

Take your child to the library

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