Asking questions with books

Looking at books together helps to get your child chatting.

You can look at any book, magazine or photos your child likes. Sit down together and ask them questions about what you’re looking at.

Try asking: “What’s this?” Or ask them to point to something, like “Where’s Spot’s ball?”. You can ask them about details like colours, shapes and naming people.

Be patient when they answer questions. Encourage them to describe what they see or make up stories based on what they’re looking at.

Doing this often will make your child feel confident with books and telling stories as they get older.

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Asking your child questions will develop their early language skills and help them grow in confidence.