Let’s Talk About Books

January 26, 2023

Today’s blog post was creating using materials from Talking is Teaching, a campaign of Too Small to Fail.

Books build connections, which is one of the reasons it’s important to read with your little one every day. Today’s blog is a list of fun ways to engage with the little ones in your life. You can download a PDF of the full list, plus a list of suggested book-themed books and videos, at the bottom of the page.

  • Talk about feelings! When you read a book with your little one, talk about characters’ emotions. You can ask: “How does he feel? How would you feel? Why?”
  • While you read books with your baby, point to and talk about the pictures: “Look, the red train goes choo-choo!”
  • It’s natural for children to choose the same book to read over and over. It helps them learn new words and concepts!
  • Encourage your baby to help turn the pages when you read a book together!
  • Take turns showing each other different faces and use words to describe them: “We’re smiling because we’re happy!”
  • Share a book or a song in your native language. It’s a great way to introduce your child to your home culture!
  • Books can helps develop empathy! When reading together ask questions like: “How do you think the character feels?”