How to share books
Sharing books with your child helps opens their eyes, minds and hearts to different people and situations and stretches their horizons. Research proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects and lifelong readers have richer, more empathetic, lives. Reading together increases literacy skills and does so much more – it helps to build a strong and loving relationship with your child.
Top tips on sharing books with children of any age
- Set aside some time
- Find somewhere quiet without any distractions – turn off the TV/radio/computer
- Ask your child to chose a book – sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters and they are more likely to engage with the book
- Sit close together – encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages
- Point to the pictures if there are illustrations and relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to descrive the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures
- Encourage your child to talk about the book – talking about the characters and their dilemmas helpschildren understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel
- Don’t be afraid to use funny voices – children love this
- And lastly and above all – make it fun! It doesn’t matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together.