Tips from the Vance County Parenting Task Force
The sound of your voice and the intimacy of sharing bring pleasure to your child even before she understands all the words.
While reading aloud to your child you should:
• Sit comfortably away from distractions.
• Read short stories.
• Read slower than regular conversation.
• Change voices for different characters.
• Hold the book so she can see the pictures.
• Read with enthusiasm.
For two- and three-year-olds, read stories about people, actions, activities, familiar ideas and animals.
Substitute the name of your child for an exciting or pleasing character.
Source: Developed by James E. Van Horn, Ellen Y. Matten and Natalie for Penn State University publication