Why read? For a child to learn to read they must first understand that letters and words on the page have meaning. The main thing to keep in mind when reading with young children is that it has more to do with pointing and talking about the pictures than with sitting still and listening.
What do young children like?
- Books that have interesting illustrations that they can explore on their own. Bright, colourful, attractive pictures are always appealing.
- Books that rhyme for example, Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg or What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson.
- Books that have repetition, for example, Brown Bear, Brown bear, what do you see? by Bill Martin or The Magic Hat by Mem Fox.
- Hearing their favourite stories over and over again. It may be a bit boring for us, but young children draw comfort from knowing exactly what is going to happen in the story. It is also great for their developing comprehension and understanding of how books work.
- To choose their own books! So come in to your nearest library branch and borrow some books today.
Dalby Library’s Early Literacy program includes Storytime for Toddlers every Tuesday at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome.
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