What to do with this activity?
Your local library is for everyone. It will welcome you and your child.
If you haven't been to a library before, ask the librarian for help. They will let you know how to join, and show you all the wonderful books there are for children. Also, make sure to ask them about activities they organise for children and parents.
Your local library is a totally free service.
Click play on the video above to see something funny happening in the library.
Why am I doing this?
Sharing stories play an important role in a child’s development. They not only help children learn language and reading skills but they also have an emotional quality which can help children make sense of their feelings. Reading to babies and young children, and giving them time to respond, will help make the most of this opportunity. Recognising shapes will help your child to learn to read later on.
How can I do more?
The most important thing is that reading is fun and enjoyable for both of you – five minutes can be enough. Just turn off the TV and find a quiet place so there are no distractions. And remember stories are not just found in books, it’s just as good to tell your child short, simple stories you know.
Remember, you’re not teaching your child to read. You learn to talk a long time before you learn to read, and sharing stories and giving your child time to respond is a wonderful way to help your child’s language development.
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