Youth & ParentsReading Suggestions for Parents

Reading do's

Book-sharing with your baby

Book topics on difficult subjects

Reading together for parents of children with disabilities

Reading with preschoolers

Reading with school-aged children

Summer Slide



"Remember that magic moment in childhood when you looked at a book or a sign or even a cereal box and realized you could read it?" -Tara Dawn Holland ; Miss America 1997

  • Your child is never too old to be read to.
  • Read to your child everyday.
  • "Do Voices." Use expression and a dramatic voice when it fits the story.
  • Talk about the pictures and action in the story.
  • Encourage your child to “read” the story to you by filling in the end of a sentence or “reading” the page.
  • Long before your preschooler can actually read printed words, she can tell you the story based on the pictures.
  • Reread favorite stories.
  • Have fun!

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Book-Sharing with Your Baby:

1. Don't start unless you’re both in the right mood. Baby should be in a quiet, receptive state and you should be ready to focus only on sharing. If you're tired or preoccupied, save it for later.

2. Engage baby in the book. Call out baby's name and point out or tap on the pictures. Use an expressive and varied voice when you talk about the characters. Touch, cuddle and kiss baby the whole time.

3. Share the book with baby. Encourage baby to participate and point. Ask baby questions. Watch and listen and go with what interests him/her.

4. Respond to and praise baby. When baby makes cooing noises, she's trying to communicate with you. Respond back with a similar noise and add to the conversation. Show pleasure and pride with baby's small but important accomplishments.

5. Share a book every day. Just a few fun minutes each day -- that's all it takes. Remember: Make sure book-sharing is always FUN. If you make it boring, baby will be bored. If baby wants to play with the book -- let him. If he or she loses interest, quit for now.

Baby Book Sharing links!

Tips for Parents of Babies! 

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Reading with Preschoolers:

  • Preschoolers are interested in their relationships/interactions with others. They enjoy stories about families & friends.
  • Preschoolers learn new words all the time & enjoy books that let them play with words and rhymes.
  • Preschoolers are curious about the world around them. Choose simple nonfiction books to introduce fun facts and answer questions.
  • Preschool age is a great time to introduce art through picture books. Choose a variety of books that show a variety of art styles.
  • Let your child choose books.
  • Visit your public library regularly for books, story times, and reading suggestions.

Toddler and Preschool Book Sharing Links!

Tips for Parents of Toddlers

Tips for Parents of Preschoolers

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Reading with School-Aged Children:

  • Use reading as a bonding time.
  • Try to Read the Same book as your child. Stay at least a Chapter ahead. Discuss the book with your child while setting the table or in the car on the way to practice.
  • Make sure the book is on your child's reading level. If the book is too difficult your child may become frustrated. If the book is too easy they may rush through it.
  • Take Turns reading a book together.
  • Make sure Your child is comprehending what s/he is reading. Ask questions Beginning with "Why/How do you think...?
  • Let your child chose the story But also try to introduce different Genres to them. Fantasy, Comedy, Historical Fiction, Drama. Nonfiction is also another wonderful option.

Tips for Parents of Kindergartners

Tips for Parents of First Graders

Tips for Parents of Second Graders

Tips for Parents of Third Graders

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Book Topics

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Reading together for parents of children with disabilities



Cerebral Palsy

Hearing Difficulties

Language and Speech Difficulties

Vision Difficulties


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The Summer Slide

Studies indicate that students who don’t read or read infrequently during their summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. 1  Here are some links to overcoming the summer slide.

Reading Rockets

Top 5 Ways to Prevent Rusty Summer Readers

Why Summer Reading Pays Off Year-Round



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