Reading to your child is a quick and simple way to enrich their education and a wonderful way to bond. Choosing the best books for your child's developmental stage is key to keeping both of you excited to read together.
If you have a baby or toddler, focus on exposing them to how reading works. Turning pages and getting used to what letters look like important aspects of pre-reading knowledge. Board books are good choices for this age group because they have sturdy cardboard pages that are easy for young fingers to grip and can stand up to rough play and chewing.
When your child reaches age 3 or 4, you may be able to venture beyond simple board books, but stick to fun stories with lots of pictures to help them stay interested. Rhyming books are often appealing at this age.
At the elementary school stage, children are generally ready to begin reading. Continue to read with your child, and let them select books they find interesting and appealing. These may include children's literature and fiction, children's art and music books and children's nature books. To ensure that the books you choose are at an appropriate level, use the Five Finger Rule: if your child can count five unfamiliar words by the end of the first page, the book is probably too advanced.
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