Tree of Literacy

Reading aloud and talking together every day creates secure relationships and a strong foundation for learning. Books should be part of every family’s daily routine. At My Kids we promote reading at every visit for all ages. We are proud of our book donation program where we encourage our patients to donate their gently used books to our “bookcase” where other patients can choose a book to take home and enjoy. 

Literacy is a Gift Every Child Deserves

Infants 0-6 months

  • Books with simple, large pictures or designs with bright colors.

  • Stiff cardboard, “chunky” books, or fold out books that can be propped up in the crib.

  • Cloth and soft vinyl books with simple pictures of people or familiar objects that can go in the bath or get washed.

  • Repetitive sing song verses encourage vocalization.

Infants 6-12 months

  • Board books with photos of other babies.

  • Brightly colored “chunky” board books to touch and feel.

  • Books with photos of familiar objects like balls and bottles.

  • Books with sturdy pages that can be propped up or spread out for playtime.

  • Plastic/vinyl books for bath time.

  • Washable cloth books to cuddle.

  • Small plastic photo albums of family and friends. 

Young Toddlers 12-24 months

  • Sturdy board books that they can carry.

  • Books with photos of children doing familiar things like sleeping or playing.

  • Goodnight books for bed time.

  • Books about saying hello and good-bye.

  • Books with only a few words on each page.

  • Books with simple rhymes or predictable text.

  • Animal books of all sizes and shapes.

Toddlers 2-3 years

  • Books that tell simple stories.

  • Simple rhyming books that they can memorize.

  • Bed time books.

  • Books about counting, the alphabet, shapes, or sizes.

  • Animal books, vehicle books, books about playtime.

  • Books with their favorite TV characters inside.

  • Books about saying hello and good-bye.

 

Ways To Share Books With Babies & Toddlers

 

  • Make Sharing Books Part Of Every Day

  • Read or share stories at bedtime or playtime.

  • Have Fun

  • Children can learn from you that books are fun, which is an important ingredient in learning to read.

  • A Few Minutes is OK—Don’t Worry if You Don’t Finish the Story

  • Young children can only sit for a few minutes for a story, but as they grow, they will be able to sit longer.

  • Talk or Sing About the Pictures

  • You do not have to read the words to tell a story.

  • Let Children Turn the Pages

  • Babies need board books to help turning pages, but a three-year-old can do it alone. Remember, it’s OK to skip pages!

  • Show Children the Cover Page

  • Explain what the story is about.

  • Show Children the Words

  • Run your finger along the words as you read them, from left to right.

  • Make the Story Come Alive

  • Create voices for the story characters and use your body to tell the story.

  • Make It Personal

  • Talk about your own family, pets, or community when you are reading about others in a story.

  • Ask Questions About the Story, and Let Children Ask Questions Too!

  • Use the story to engage in conversation and to talk about familiar activities and objects.

  • Let Children Tell the Story

  • Children as young as three years old can memorize a story, and many children love to be creative through storytelling

Preschool to High School and Beyond

  • Continue to read to your child

  • Your child should be reading at least 30 minutes each day 

  • Help your child pronounce words

  • Make sure your child sees you reading

  • Read as a family 

  • Ask questions and take an interest in what they are reading

  • Go to the library together

  • Share your favorite story with your child at each stage of their life

  • Make reading fun

Links To Reading Resources:

  • Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

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