Diane Ramsay, a Youth Services Librarian whose techniques help parents draw children into books, suggests you:

  • Use board books
  • Name and point to objects on page
  • Find books with big pictures
  • Choose high contrast books for infants
  • Start reading right away
  • Link activities to books
  • Read about familiar objects


Lyman Phillips, a dad who suggests you allow a little extra read aloud time with your kids to get the benefits he’s now enjoying, introduced these techniques:

  • Choose books with attractive covers
  • Slow down when reading
  • Discuss pictures first – ask what's happening
  • Consider child's experience and interests
  • Skim beforehand – hold surprises until reading


Laurie Joy Haas, Executive Producer of Words that Cook!™ and co-author of Read it Aloud! A parent’s guide to sharing books with young children, and Honey the Cookie-Bookie Bear tell why children benefit from reading the same book over and over, but understand you may need a change. One step is to:

  • Read more books by the same author


Rita Chang and Anya, who are at home with books and read for information, suggest you:

  • Help kids find books on their interests
  • Read with children who can already read
  • Build a home library


Heidi Chait of the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Council helps families learn how to:

  • Prepare for outings by reading
  • Encourage questions and discussions
  • Compare likes and differences
  • Enable dramatic play
  • Use children's suggestions
  • Read each day
  • Try related activities
  • Ask for help in the kitchen


Elizabeth Duquette, an Early Intervention Specialist in Speech and Language, says you build bridges of communication when you:

  • Introduce gestures for action words


Diane Ramsay adds these tips for engaging toddlers in stories:

  • Find fingerplay books
  • Make up fingerplays together
  • Talk and interact with your baby


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