Start now! A baby’s brain grows fast. The first three years make a big difference. Talk to your baby about the world around you, point things out to them. Your voice is their favorite sound to hear.
Share a book with your baby every day. Even a few minutes makes a difference. Repetition is helpful for both babies and toddlers! You don’t have to read a different book every time; children love to hear familiar stories.
Talk with your baby while you read, and show your baby that reading is fun! Not having fun? It’s fine to stop reading and pick up a new book, or simply step away from reading for a little while!
Keep it short and sweet. Young children have short attention spans. Even just a few minutes of reading a day will help make reading a fun habit for your child.
Repetition, repetition, repetition. Children love to hear their favorite books over and over. The repetition and familiarity helps children learn how sounds and words go together.
Pause to let your child fill in the phrase for a familiar book. Encourage their reading in whatever form it takes! Playing with books helps children become comfortable with reading.