8 tips to make reading at home as fun as library storytime

Boomer and Judy dressed as dinosaurs during storytime

Storytime at the library is one of my favorite things. I love the picture books, the songs and the happy kids dancing. Storytime helps build early literacy skills and it’s a lot of fun.

Have you ever wondered how you can bring the special feeling of library storytime home? Here are tips from librarians to help you make reading at home even better.

  1. Prepare. Your child is more likely to love story time when they are well-rested, have a full stomach and are in a good mood.
  2. Be selective. Read favorite books and books that introduce your child to something new.
  3. Be interactive. Choose interactive books that your child has an active role in the reading process (lift the flap, I Spy, touch and feel books). Encourage your child to “shake your sillies out” or model the actions to “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.”
  4. Follow your child’s lead! Read books about their favorite topic. Introduce picture books and nonfiction books related to this special interest.
  5. Pace yourself. Use the rhyme, rhythm and repetition of the book. Consider the speed you read and the tone of your voice. Allow your child to fill in the blank when you pause.
  6. Mother and cute little child reading in bed. Having fun in imaginary land.Add drama with sound effects or props like scarves, shaker eggs or puppets.
  7. Ask questions and pause. Allow your child time to think before he/she answers.
  8. Make connections between the story and your child’s life. Re-tell the story, try a recipe that’s mentioned in the book or make a craft.

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As the Early Childhood Learning Coordinator, Sherry is focused on engaging young children and their families in play-based early learning experiences. The Learn & Play Bus and its service are at the heart of her work. Sherry has a background in early childhood education.