We all love books. Don’t we?
And we secretly deep inside our heart wish our children become well versed readers.
So, what is the best age to introduce books? Well, as early as you can start; however, an inclination towards books does not happen naturally to every child.
But as a parent, we can make ways to help them pick books over screentime or when bored.
And there is no harm trying isn’t it? At least you would have tried.
1. If your little one hasn’t been introduced to books yet, then the safe bet is to start with special books. Special books are classified into touch and feel books, pop-up books, Flip-flap books (also makes for great finger exercise), puppet books, glitter books and sound books. D’s first book was a tiny popup book called “ The Anthony ant” and my memory is crystal clear 😊
2. If your little munchkin is already done with special books, then you can graduate to bright illustrated books.
That is a no brainer given that children love bright colours and images, this sure will entice them.
3. Pick age appropriate books. Well sometimes it is confusing to choose a book for others(Spoiler: The age suggestions in the books sometimes doesn’t work). Go by the reading level. Analyse if your little one will like word books, picture books with little text or heavy text .
4. Pick books based on interest level. Does your little one like Dinosaurs? Disney Characters like Lightning McQueen? Have questions about the solar system? Loves to watch ballerina? Or likes the Peppa show on tv? You get the drift?
5. Take them on a trip to a local bookshop, have them touch the books, smell the pages and go through the images themselves. You will be surprised on what gets their attention. This is lil D’s picture of surfing books for grownups in a local book shop. Yes, I know that the books at bookshops are priced a bit higher than any preloved book or amazon. But 1-2 handpicked books by your little one from a bookshop is sure a treasure.
6. And then comes the library, if you think that your child loves to choose her one book then library is a wonderful place to be. We have an amazing library in Chennai; however, the library doesn’t let us take the books home. But it is quite an experience to look at that tremendous collection of books and hang out there for a long time. How better can a weekend be made worthwhile?
7. Now that you have picked all the books, it is time to surround your house with books. Make books accessible in every room and balcony. And they are sure to pick one to read being surrounded by books. We in fact remember my little boy reading books even during potty time 😊
8. Place your books in the front facing position. There is a whole post about it. Read it here 😊
9. Make reading a bedtime routine. Bedtime also means snuggle time. Just put your gadgets away,ask your little one to pick a couple of books and get comfy under the blanket or have them sit on your lap and start reading to them. And trust me, your kids will start looking out for bedtime.
10. Finally once you enjoy a book, try to build activities around the book they read. This will make them remember the book longer and also have them excited for the books to come .
Bonus point 😉 And do you know the best way for your little ones to love reading? For them to watch you read. Pick a book for yourself and get immersed in reading . your little one see how much happiness can a book bring in you and they will eventually pick a book to experience the same joy 😊
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