Reading Tips for Parents and Teachers
• Read the comics from the newspaper
together (children love cartoons).
• Go to your public library regularly for lots of • Take books with you wherever you go and What might go wrong
great books for children of all ages. Librarians read when children need a distraction. • Some children have short attention spans.
love to help parents, teachers and kids find Encourage a child to sit and listen, but do not
books. • Encourage older children to read to younger force them to do so.
ones. • The story may be too long or too complicated
• Always read the books yourself before you for younger children.
read them to your child. Make sure that the • Set aside a time when everyone in your • Other activities are more attractive at the
book is right for your child’s age. Use books home reads. Children will learn by example. moment, or there are distractions and noises
that you like. It is more fun for you and your nearby.
child if you like the book too. • Discuss the stories that you have read with • The setting is uncomfortable; i.e. hard floor,
your children. room is too cold, or too hot.
• Tell the children the title and author of the • Some children may be less mature than
book. • Subscribe to a children’s magazine. others, or may be hungry, thirsty, or sleepy.
• Children are being expected to sit still too long.
• Show that you are excited about the book • Read stories at bedtime.
before, during and after reading it. Get What might help
excited about the story. Point to the pictures • Have your child clip out coupons from the • Allow children to participate, especially
as you are reading the story in order to newspaper with you before a shopping trip. restless children. For example: ask them to
emphasize what is happening. turn the page, answer questions about the
• Put the names of objects on cards around story, etc.
• Be dramatic when you read. Change the tone the house. • Use the name of the child who is having
of your voice. Read faster in some places difficulties listening to the story to keep their
and slower in others. Use different voices for • Put together a picture dictionary with your attention.
different characters. Have fun!!! child by cutting out pictures from magazines • Children will be more involved if they can see
that start with each letter of the alphabet. the pictures; so, be sure to show the pictures
• Involve your child in the story. Read with throughout the story.
rather than to your child. Make sure that • If a story isn’t working - stop reading it and
children can see the pictures while you read. switch to a new one; or skip pages to finish it
Let your child point to the pictures. Talk quickly and move on to a new book.
about the story when you are done. Answer • Sit on the floor with the children, so they can
children’s comments in positive ways. experience the closeness made possible
through reading aloud together.
• Ask questions such as, “What do you think
will happen next?” “What would you do if you
were...?” “How do you feel about this story?”
Positive memories about books,
This encourages language development and create positive attitudes
critical thinking. towards reading!
provided by The Youth Services Department Huntsville Public Library Huntsville, Alabama 256-532-5949