Books are lovely to share with your child anywhere and the more opportunities you can create to read with your child, the better! You can even attach a buggy book to your pram, making them available when you’re out and about.
Ideas to try
When your child is mouthing or flicking through the book, you can try:
Pictures and actions
- Name and talk about what you can see in each picture.
- Act out action words like singing and laughing.
- Point out actions you see around you like eating, sleeping, driving or running. Young children need your help to learn action words to expand their vocabulary.
Extend the learning your child gets from reading by adding a rhyme or song that relates to the book. If you’re reading Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox, try singing Mary had a Little Lamb or Baa Baa Black Sheep after you finish sharing the book.
Other suggestions for books and matching rhymes or songs:
- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell / Old MacDonald had a Farm
- Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox / Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury / We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
- The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle / Incy Wincy Spider
- Hairy Maclary series by Lynley Dodd / BINGO
- Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins / 1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown / Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Keep it interesting
Keep your child's favourites and rotate the other books you take with you on outings. Sharing stories is a great way to spend quality time with your child while you’re waiting for an appointment, feeding or just relaxing in the park.
Visit your local library to find more books to keep your collection interesting. While you're there join a free rhyme time or story time session!
Tip: A young child learns more if they can see your face and the book while you share the story together. Lean down to their eye level, especially if they're in a pram.