Start by looking at several books with your child and ask them to pick one. Once they have chosen, sit down together to look at it.
You don’t have to read the story if you don’t want to. You can go through the pictures and ask your child to point to things. Ask questions like “Where’s the dog?” and “Can you see the ball?”.
If you do read together, pause to ask your child what’s happening in the story. Ask them to tell parts of it back to you.
This sort of activity helps your child like books and prepares them for learning to read when they get to school.
Good to know
Choosing a book gives your child the opportunity to feel in control.
Books to try
Where's Spot? by Eric Hill
We're Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Oh Dear! by Rod Campbell
On the go
Peepo! by Janet and Allan Ahlberg