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Top tips on sharing books with children of any age



    Set aside some time
    Find somewhere quiet without any distractions - turn off the TV/radio/computer
    Ask your child to choose a book - sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters and they are more likely to engage with the book
    Sit close together - encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages
    Point to the pictures if there are illustrations and relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures
    Encourage your child to talk about the book - talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel
    Don't be afraid to use funny voices - children love this
    And lastly and above all - make it fun! It doesn't matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together.

Thanks for the information.


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