Sharing Books With Your Child

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Children who are given time to share books from a young age can have stronger language skills when they start school.

Find a place where you can share a book and see your child’s face.

Look at what your child is interested in. Let them show you what they want to do, e.g. they might want to hold the book or turn the pages.

Wait for your child to do or say something and then respond to what they do or say.

Talk about what your child is looking at. Point at words and pictures as you talk.

Take turns and let your child look, point or talk about what they see.

Then you have a turn!

Have fun and use funny voices, sounds or words, e.g. “quack quack!”
or “wheeeeee!”

Use your home language with your child.