Sharing stories and books helps children of all ages develop language skills and an understanding of the world.
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If your child is young, fire their imagination by talking about things in the story that they recognise: “Yes, it’s a cat. We saw a cat when we were walking.” Using hand puppets can be a fun way to increase a child’s interest while you’re reading books and stories together.
Chat about the story later on to see how much you can remember together. This is a great way for children to practise recalling new words and experiences.
Don’t feel you have to stick to books – any type of reading is good. Try comics, magazines, road signs, or instructions on packets.
Sometimes children pick the same books to share over and over again – and that’s OK. Re-reading a book lets children join in by telling you what happens next. Make looking at books fun.
The Book Trust provides free books as part of its Bookstart packs (Bookstart Baby for 0-12 months and Bookstart Treasure for three to four years.) They’re available from your health visitor, library, children centre or nursery.
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