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Early Literacy - Easy Ways to Get Your Child to Love Books

Updated on February 5, 2012

Learning to read is an important step in your child's education. Kids who read well do better in school. Early literacy should be a priority in your home. You want to give your child the best possible education, and this starts at home, before they are anywhere near school age.

There is a lot you can do to encourage a love of books before your child gets to kindergarten. It is not difficult to do. In fact there are many fun activities you can do with your child to get them to love books. Follow these easy steps and you will bond with your child while sharing your love of books.

Introduce Them to Books EARLY

Read to your baby from day one if possible. Try it when you are all comfy and snuggled up on the couch. Get out a board book and just look at it together. Point out what is in the pictures. You can also make a photo album and collect pictures of people and things that they see everyday. Babies love this.

Books should be a familiar part of their home environment. If they are not exposed to books until they start school, you will have a harder time getting them interested in learning how to read.

Combine Reading and Snuggle Time

Read books to wind them down at nap time and before bed. Your child will begin to associate these warm, relaxing feelings with the books.

These feelings will imprint on your child's brain for life. Learning to read later on will be a joy rather than a stressful chore.

Be a Reader

If your kids see you reading books, newspapers and magazines they will be curious and will want to do the same.

Make reading a priority and not just something to do if there is nothing on television. Your child will likely follow suit.

Sign Up For Storytime

Many libraries and community centers offer free story and singing programs for preschoolers. Songs and nursery rhymes are excellent for developing pre-reading skills.

Studies show that kids who have trouble rhyming have trouble learning to read. Use these programs to learn songs and rhymes to do at home.

Or check out this website for more ideas:

Go on a Book Hunt

Kids love outings, especially outings where they get to bring something home. This need not be expensive- visit your local library.

Thrift shops and garage sales are also great places to get children's books on the cheap.

Ideas on how to make books with your children

Make Your Own

When my kids were small, we made an alphabet book.

I bought a scrapbook and letter stickers. We cut pictures out of old magazines for each letter and pasted them in. We spent quality time together while they learned their letter sounds.

And now that they are older, they still like to make up their own stories and comic books.

Check out this website for more ideas:

How often do/did you read to your baby?

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    • daisyjae profile image

      daisyjae 8 years ago from Canada

      It's so true habee, thanks for commenting.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Great tips! Reading to babies and toddlers is SO important!

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      daisyjae 8 years ago from Canada

      It works, doesn't it?. Thanks for your comment, kj8.

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      kj8 8 years ago from Australia

      Loved this hub it is exactly what I did. My children have all been early readers so I can totally agree with you!

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      daisyjae 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks stars439.

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful information.

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      daisyjae 8 years ago from Canada

      You're very welcome dohn121!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Although I don't have any children, I thought to be proactive by reading this hub! I do however have three nephews and a niece who are still cute and two are not yet at that rebellious stage of their lives. Thank you for all of these great tips!


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      daisyjae 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks you guys. heart4theword- Good point, I'll remember to keep up the reading with the kids so we don't have trouble later on.

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      tobey100 8 years ago from Whites Creek, Tennessee

      Short and to the point. I loved it. 10 days and you're at

      81. Keep it up.

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      heart4theword 8 years ago from hub

      This is a great reminder, to instill the habbit of reading at an early age. I did this with my child at an early age....yet I let lifes challenges get in the way. Not being consistent, hurt us in the reading area! I regret that I wasn't more disciplined on this special time with my child. It is a struggle now with reading because I didn't make it a priority. Great hub:)