Tips for Reading with Your Children

Pick a comfortable spot to read in – one with plenty of light.


Make it a routine – whether it’s right before the breakfast, or right before bed, set aside a special time every day.


Give lots of encouragement! Read the words aloud to your child. Point to the pictures. Say the words together. Laugh with your child.


It’s never too early. Reading can be a bonding activity for you and your new baby. Introduce reading in the very beginning, keep books in the nursery and have your books out for baby and toddler to see! See Bright and Early and Nursery collection.


The fun continues after the last page! When you finish a story, ask your child about his/her favorite passages, characters, and illustrations.


Imagine that! Encourage your child to make up another character that might appear in the book. What would it look like? What would it say? What would you call it?


Letters and words are here, there, and everywhere! Dr. Seuss was a master of words, real and imagined. When you’re driving with your child along a familiar route, read the signs aloud. Make your next trip to the grocery store an interactive one—read the names of food items aloud with your child. Make up new ones!


Age ranges on Dr. Seuss series are simply a guide that will get you started. Once you see what your child is comfortable with, pick new books as necessary.