Raise Bookworm Babies

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Raise a Bookworm

Parents and caregivers who are raising avid readers engage in book sharing activities every single day or find ways to incorporate reading into every day tasks. They fill their home with stories and lead literacy-driven lives with an eye on early book exposure. 


In addition to the conversational activities found in Bookworm Babies, the tips and activities posted below can be extended to old classics, or new found favorites. They also inspire a daily journey into literacy that you can share with your little one.


Reading with an Infant? While some of the following activities will need to be saved for later, raising Bookworm Babies means considering the vast majority of these reading tips from the day your little one is born.


Reading with a Toddler or Preschooler? Pick and choose the activities that speak to your child's development, interests and temperament. 


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Every Day Tips and Activities

  • Talk About Books at Mealtimes  - You might ask your little one about a book or story at the dinner table. Perhaps retell the plot to a family member who was not present during the reading, ask if the story reminded your little one of another story or a real life event, or simply inquire about whether or not your child enjoyed the story and why. Revisiting a storyline helps children remember key details and reinforces the idea that books are fun, interesting, and worthy of conversation.


  • Read Near Your Child - Read in front of your child. Young children, even babies, learn by example, and reading in front of a child is a powerful image. 


  • Share Multiple Reading Sources - Share at least one authentic reading source with your child (other than a book).  When you browse a recipe, brochure, handbook, or an article, read the content aloud. Adding multiple forms of reading materials to a child’s library has been proven to increase performance on literacy tests, and exposes young children to new information and vocabulary.


  • Utilize Book Vocabulary - Children who are read with consistently may use words or phrases picked up from their favorite books. They might also reenact storylines, 'become' characters, or draw scenes. These acts of absorbing, considering, and utilizing vocabulary, images, and stories are authentic (and entertaining) indicators of valuable emerging comprehension skills. Has your little one adopted any book phrases or book habits?


  • Reference a Favorite Character - When confronted with a problem in every day life, ask your little one what a favorite character would do to solve it. For example, not enough room in the bookshelf for all of your books? Having trouble getting a jar open? Ask your child “What would Curious George do?” This type of processing will work on important critical thinking skills like making connections and problem solving, and answers will be the basis of conversation and often a good laugh. As an extension, you could even ask your older one to draw a picture.


  • Read the Same Book Again and Again and Again - Read the same book or story over the course of a few days. Reading a book over and over again may seem like a chore, but repetition is good for young children! Readers are also more likely to point out new features of the story, discuss the pictures, or ask probing questions on the second or third reading because they already know the plot line. 


  • Read Twenty Minutes a Day - If you have not already, build in 20 MINUTES A DAY, everyday, to read with your little one. Research shows that in just 20 minutes, vocabulary is expanded, ideas are formed, images are seen, and perspectives are broadened. As with any other skill, consistently practicing reading has powerful results.


  • Talk with Your Child - Expose your little one to as many words as possible FROM BIRTH by talking, pointing out details of the world, and reading books OF ALL KINDS. Remember, children who have never heard certain words, seen those words, or come into contact with them, can have difficulty knowing what those words mean (or how to spell them) once they begin school, and new words and concepts are presented in books and lessons everyday.


  • Use Books as Motivation for Crawling - Is your baby beginning to crawl? Set a soft, colorful book a few feet in front of your child. This is a great motivator and reinforces the idea that books are an integral part of daily life.


  • Play with Books - Playing is an essential learning tool for your little one, and young children are not discerning; they will ‘play’ with whatever is presented to them. Keep interesting, easy to manipulate books open and available on your child’s eye level. Then sit back and watch the play.


  • Make Literacy Connections - As often as is possible, connect your child's daily life with one of his or her books. Simply referencing a story while eating, playing, or engaging in an activity will help your little one think about the books you have shared together.


  • Read Everyday Words - Read the words you come across everyday. Words you find in your daily life provide a natural springboard for early reading. Is there a sign you pass everyday, or words at your child’s eye level? Read them aloud. Do you have words written on art or on picture frames in your child’s room? Is your little one wearing a shirt with words? Point to those words and sound them out slowly. It will not be long before your child can repeat familiar words back to you.


  • Attend a Local Story Time - If you attend story time, you are giving your children so much more than an enjoyable outing, you are giving them a head start! Story time introduces children to new vocabulary, ideas, authors, and illustrators. Story time also develops imagination, models listening and oral reading skills, exposes children to art, music and creative activities, and provides a local community of book lovers. 


  • Retell a Favorite Story - If you are without a book (or have gone through what you brought for an outing), retelling a favorite story is a wonderful way to expose young children to factual recall and oral language skills - including expression and vocabulary. As an extension, you might ask your child to ‘help you remember’ what comes next in a story or devise a new ending.


  • Introduce Your Child to Different Characters - Were you read with as a child? If so, the names Ramona, Corduroy, Amelia, Harold, Madeline, Winnie, Peter, Max, Harry, Alice, Charlotte or Charlie may have felt like more than characters to you; they may have felt like friends. Characters in books not only provide a kind of friendship, but also expose young children to valuable lessons in perspective and problem solving. Pick up a few books with the same characters and talk with your child about their character traits as you read.


  • Read Seasonal Books - Use seasonal traditions and events to make reading connections. In New England, for example, apple picking is a fall favorite. A day at the orchard can be followed (or preceded) by a book about apples or making pies. Your local library or bookstore will often have seasonal books displayed.


  • Share Books with Friends - Encourage siblings and/or friends to share books with one another. Children love to show others their favorite things – including their favorite books. Plan a day for kids to get together with a few of their favorite stories. 


  • Record Yourself Reading - Will you be out of town for a while, away from your little one? Record yourself reading a few favorite books so that another caregiver can play the stories for your child while you are gone. These special recordings also make wonderful additions to a young library.


  • Broaden Your Child's Knowledge - Do you recognize rotary phones, manual typewriters, or bowls of porridge? Many items or ideas presented in classic stories/old favorites are unfamiliar to children. As you and your child encounter antiquated phrases or objects in illustrations and books, take the opportunity to explain what they are, what they mean, or how they evolved into what we know now.


  • Play Peek-A-Boo with Books - Is your energetic infant fond of peek-a-boo, but less fond of sitting still for a book? Try playing peek-a-boo with a character or object IN the book. A thick board book with large colorful pictures lends itself well to this game. While your child is looking for the “snowman” or “duck,” your little one is also working on hand-eye coordination, becoming comfortable with turning pages, scanning, building memory -- and playing!


  • Make Books a Reward - Protect your child’s perception that books are something of value. As your child grows, be careful to treat books as a reward, not as a punishment. For example, you may tell your little one that as a result of something well done, he or she may have one extra story at bedtime, or take a trip to the bookstore. In contrast, try to avoid disciplinary directives that shine books in a negative light, such as: “You need to spend some time in your room. You may not play with any toys. The only thing you can do is read.” The way books are presented is also very important in a school setting. We have heard of many children who lose recess as a punishment, and instead must stay inside and ‘read’. If your child loses recess, he or she should not be allowed to read as a punishment. Reading should be considered a reward. The spin from a teacher can be as simple as: “You lost recess today because of _______, but I was proud of you when you ____________, so instead of sitting here with nothing to do, I am going to let you read.” 


  • Use Rich Vocabulary with Your Child - Authors do not shy away from using words that young children may not yet know. As a result, reading exposes children to vocabulary that they would otherwise not encounter in everyday interactions. In fact, the National Reading Panel recommends that vocabulary be taught both directly and indirectly (in rich contexts and in incidental learning). Consider the words you use to explain things to your own child. Incorporating specific, appropriate “adult” terms, followed by simpler similes, is a daily way to incorporate new words into your child’s vocabulary.


  • Discuss Illustrations - As you probably know by now, reading the words in a story is only one small part of a book sharing experience. Exploring the pictures in your child’s books is exposes your child to images and even vocabulary her or she may not typically come across. As you read with your child today, maximize the reading experience by pointing out items, colors, characters and interesting details on each page.


  • Ask Loved Ones to Read a Story with Your Little One - Will you being seeing family and friends for an upcoming celebration or holiday? This is a wonderful opportunity to give your child some special bonding time with a loved one, and reinforce the idea that books are a valuable part of family-life. Pull out a few favorite books for sharing and have your camera ready to capture the moment.


  • Invite an Older Sibling to be a "Guest Reader" at Bedtime or Naptime - Parents often ask about books to help children accept a new baby or manage sibling relationships. Books can also be used to empower siblings. If your child cannot read yet, choose a familiar book and encourage him or her to make up the words. Your older child will not only feel special, proud, or excited, but will also set a good example for a younger sibling.


  • Share a Story and a Snack - Share a story with your little one while enjoying a snack after school or after pickup from childcare. Many children need a bit of down time after returning from a full day of activity. Books provide a smooth way to transition back to home before proceeding with the rest of your day and evening.


  • Take Pictures of Your Little One Reading - Do you take pictures of your child? When you take a picture, you reinforce the behavior or situation you are capturing. Even young ones know that cameras/camera phones mean something special is happening. If you have not already, start taking pictures of your child being read to or “reading”. This adds value to both books AND reading. As an extension, consider printing a photo and giving it to your child as a bookmark.


  • Expose Your Little One to Books that Rhyme - Research now supports a correlation between rhyming words, "word families", and reading readiness. In fact, your preschooler's ability to find rhyming words can actually predict later reading achievement.


Books, Books, Everywhere!

  • Place Books on the Table - Leave a favorite self-directed book on the high chair or table each morning. Seeing books each morning reinforces the idea that reading is an important and fun part of your child’s daily life, and are a nice way to add a new reading time to your day. They also give parents a few precious moments to attend to any last-minute details before the day begins. 


  • Place Books in the Crib - Have your little one pick one or two books to bring into his or her crib or bed each night, just as you might a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. This not only reinforces the idea that books are an important part of daily life, but also can give your child another friend to fall asleep with. Added bonus: if your little one wakes up early, he or she has something to read before calling out to wake up siblings or parents!


  • Place Books in the Car - Home is not the only place you can keep books easily accessible for your child. Keep a small cloth bin of books next to your child’s car seat. Your little one can entertain him or herself, or ‘read’ aloud to you while you drive. If you live in the city or don’t drive, consider keeping a small bag of books stored in the bottom of a stroller. You won’t have to scramble as you are leaving, and they’ll be available if you have an unexpected wait somewhere. 


  • Place Books in the Washroom - Is your young one potty training? Keep a few books in the washroom for you, or your little one, to read as a fun way to pass the time.

The Bookworm Babies Bookshelf and Library

  • A Dedicated Bookshelf - Bookworm Babies need a bookshelf, and a library, of their very own. In addition to baskets or piles of books located in the places your little one spends the most time, a dedicated bookshelf, and library, are important for creating a culture of literacy.


  • Choose the Right Books for Infants - Choose books with covers that your baby will enjoy. You CAN judge a book by its cover – especially if you are only a few months old. Books with bold, colorful colors, or black and white covers, are irresistible to babies’ newly developing eyesight and interests. Spend a few minutes with your baby looking at the cover of a book and identifying what you see (colors, shapes, words). Then, pick another one, and repeat.


  • Use Your Chid's Interests to Build a Library - Does your child have a favorite toy or stuffed animal? Your little one’s favorite toys provide a powerful insight into early interests. Believe it or not, these interests can sometimes last for years and years. As you build your child’s library, remember to pick up a few special books related to their favorite toys and early preferences.


  • Nursery Rhymes are Important- Can you recite a favorite nursery rhyme? If so, someone did you a favor. According to the National Institute for Literacy (Jan. 09) the words in rhymes become part of a child’s early speaking vocabulary because of their repetition. Words that children use in their speaking vocabulary later become part of their reading vocabulary at a more rapid pace. Rhymes also provide an introduction to rhythm and contain words/contexts caregivers do not typically use with little ones. (For example, “fetch” and “tumbling” from Jack and Jill.) In addition, concepts such as counting, time, measurement, position, and weather are found in many traditional rhymes. There are many wonderful nursery rhyme treasuries available at your local library or bookstore. Pick one up today.


  • Diversify Your Child's Library - Take stock of your child’s reading library. Does your child’s bookshelf have a diverse compilation of books? Do you have a smattering of nonfiction books? Do you have at least one series? Are your child’s books of varying lengths and levels? Do you have a nursery rhyme book in your collection, or a compilation of classic stories? Are there magazines available? Do you have any wordless picture books? Do the books your child ‘reads’ reflect different faces, abilities and cultures? The National Institute of Health Study (05) says infants are able to distinguish between their own-race and ‘other-race’ faces. Exposure to diversity in your child’s library not only broadens horizons, but also makes it easier to accept and incorporate new information about other people. Consider finding books with characters from backgrounds other than yours, characters dealing with a physical difference, books in a foreign language, or books set in another country.


  • Add a Wordless Picture Book to Your Library - Add a new, wordless picture book to your child’s library. Wordless books stimulate creativity, imagination, attention to detail, verbal language skills and are fun to look at. They also empower young children who cannot yet read, but still love to "read" on their own, or to their friends.


Literacy Challenges

  • Create a Moveable Library - “Do you have a wagon that’s permanently parked? Use it indoors as a stylish bookmobile, says New York City organizer Chip Cordelli. Store board books spines up so kids can easily see and select their stories.” (Real Simple) No wagon? Gather a set of casters and a piece of rope from your local hardware store, and attach them to a crate or box. If you have a new crawler, pull the Bookmobile along, enticing him or her to follow. Be sure to reward all that crawling with a favorite story!


  • Visit a Children's Museum - Children’s museums offer a wealth of interesting activities and drop in classes. Exhibits are often tied to popular children’s literature, providing an easy way to make book connections with your child. They also often have books in their gift shops dedicated to exhibit-related topics or special places in the area. A book souvenir is always nice way to extend a day at the museum.


  • Make Your Own Bookplates - Bookplates are labels often pasted inside a book cover. Making your own bookplates is a fun way to celebrate your child’s library, and make sure books come back home if your child shares favorites with a friend. You can design a simple bookplate, or some sites offer free printable kid-themed options that are fun to look through. To begin, find a picture or design that represents your child’s style or interests, print the design on label paper, help your child "write" his or her name, then affix the bookplate inside the front or back cover of a book. You can also create ink-stamping bookplates using cut designs from foam, rubber, wood, or a potato.


  • Create a Book Cover - Remember covering and decorating your textbooks? Covers protected your books, and gave you an opportunity to express yourself. Help your little one create & decorate a special book cover out of a bag, colored paper, gift wrap, felt or cloth. You can even designate the book for something special like ‘favorite book’, ‘breakfast book’, or ‘visiting grandma book’. 


  • Inscribe Your Child's Favorite Books - Inscribe your child’s favorite books with a special note and a date. As your little one grows and you make room for new books, many special titles will be difficult to part with. An inscription, anecdote, or a picture on the inside cover turns those stories into special keepsakes that can be kept long after your little one has outgrown his or her early picture books.


  • Create an Online Wish List - As you and your child discover new authors and/or books, add titles to a wish list online or at a local bookstore. Share the link with family/friends before birthdays and holidays to build your little one’s library, keep a log of books to purchase, or to avoid duplicate titles.


  • Schedule New Book Time - Has reading the same children’s books over and over again become tedious? Some parents have expressed that this tedium (read: boredom) leads to fewer books being shared in a given day or week. If you have a library available, head there once a week to borrow new books. Schedule the day and time like you would any other activity. You might take out 5-10 new books each week from one shelf of the library. The next week, you can  move to the next shelf, and so on. 


  • Re-organize Your Child’s Bookshelf - As your child grows, reorganize his or her bookshelf. Older children tend to read (and re-read) only the books on their eye level. Re-organizing bookshelves allows for an expanded view of a growing book collection.


  • Begin a Tradition of Book Purchasing - Heading to the bookstore this weekend? Buy the first book in a series. You might even write your child a little note on the inside of the cover with the date. Take a special trip together another time, or on a special occasion, to purchase the next book in the series. Make building your child’s library a special tradition you share together as a family.


  • Add a New Reading Time to Your Day - Share a book with your little one at a time when you might not normally read. You might read at the breakfast table, while in the stroller, while waiting in a line, at a park, after a feeding, or while your little one is bathing. 


  • Create or Update a Book Nook - Create (or update) a "book nook" in your child’s room or nursery. If you have not already, provide a bookshelf especially for your child. Next to the bookshelf place a few pillows, a small chair, or other comfy seating arrangements. Remember that spending time in a book nook should be a privilege, and NEVER a punishment. 


  • Relocate a Few of Your Child's Books - It is always best to keep books available in different areas of your home. This weekend, take some time to shuffle the selections and relocate books to a new spot. You might move a few favorites from a bedroom to the kitchen or from the kitchen to a play area. Something as simple as a location change can give books a new feel or inspire a new interest in an old favorite. 


  • Organize Your Child's Books - Take some time to organize your child’s bookshelves or bins. Sorting and categorizing are skills your toddler and pre-schooler are developing. Have your little one help you organize libraries in different ways: by size or cover color, by books in a series, by books starring different characters, by books about families, or in anyway that speaks to you and your little bookworm.


  • Read a ‘How-To” Book - Read an age appropriate how-to book (or story) before completing a related activity. How-to books are fun to read and provide early experience with steps in a process, attention to detail and picture to text connections. Use the book as a jumping off point and brainstorm additional materials or ideas you might enjoy. Older children can also demonstrate for siblings. 


  • Add a New Type of Reading Material to Your Child's Library - As you shop for household supplies, the holidays, birthdays or other gifts, consider adding a new TYPE of reading material to your child’s home library. Studies show that children who have the four main types of reading materials in their personal library (fiction books, non fiction books, magazines, & newspapers) score (on average) HIGHER on literacy tests. Take stock of your little one’s library and choose a non-fiction book, child friendly magazine, or newspaper to add variety to their growing collection.


  • Make a Reading Connection - Read at least one picture book directly associated with a weekend activity. Spending time with family? Picnicking? Traveling? Planting? Find a related book. Practiced in many classrooms, making connections between books and real life events is an important reading skill proven to increase comprehension. Connections also honor experiences and your child’s books. 


  • Create a Special Tote Bag for Books - To reinforce the idea of owning (and caring for) favorite books, consider purchasing or making a small, reusable, tote bag dedicated to carrying around favorite books. You might even want to affix a special luggage tag naming your child as a "reader extraordinaire". Then, use the new tote to carry one or two special books for outings. This is also a gift for your child to give to another for a birthday, special occasion or holiday.


  • Add a Globe or Map to Your Library - Find or purchase a globe or map to add to your child’s home library. As you read books set in different areas, point out the setting or location on your map or globe. This is a powerful way to extend your children’s libraries into a world far beyond their own.


  • Share One of Your Favorite Stories - Pick up one of your favorite stories from when you were very young to share with your little one. If you cannot find the book, simply tell the story to your little one. Children love to hear stories, and sharing your literary favorites and memories is a powerful way to model reading, engage in literary conversations, and incorporate reading into your everyday life.


  • Add a Writing/Drawing Box to Your Child's Reading Area - The box might include pens, pencils, crayons, markers, journals, notebooks, index cards, folders, or coloring pages.  These tools may help foster thinking about the illustrator’s part in the reading experience. It is also a nice way to keep your little one organized and add more literacy opportunities to their book nook.

Bookworm Tips and Activities from Teachers

  • Develop Pre-K Literacy Skills - Use books to prepare your little one for kindergarten literacy skills. When you read that same book with your little one again and again, take a few moments to ask ‘why’ questions, make ‘predictions’, ‘relate’ the story to your life or to the life of your little one, and ‘discuss’ what is happening. “Kindergartners can understand more than just the plot of a story. They are able to extend their thinking and discuss WHY events happened and WHY characters acted as they did. They can also make reasonable PREDICTIONS about what will happen next and RELATE the story events to events in their own lives. Being able to DISCUSS stories they listen to now will help children make meaning later on when they are able to read independently.” pbskids.org.


  • Use Books to Inspire Pretend Play - The importance of imaginative play is detailed in many educational studies. Your child's picture books are powerful springboards for pretend play. Gather together simple clothing, items or costumes to use for dress up, then act out favorite stories. Have a red t-shirt and a pot? Your child can be Winnie-the-Pooh. Have a blue jacket and some slippers? Here comes Peter Rabbit! Notice the ‘book’ language your child uses during this play.


  • Ask about Books - Ask your child what stories were read in school, playgroup or daycare today. Kids are notorious for giving very little information about their school day. Direct questions help elicit information and spark conversations. Asking about books also reinforces a love for reading, stories and literacy.


  • Label One of Your Child's Drawings - Every once in a while, teachers sit with young ones and add labels to their drawings. This is a very effective and fun way to expose young children to meaningful print. At home, ask your children first if you can write on their paper, then write the label in front of them while sounding out the word. Be sure to have children tell you about what they have drawn so that you do not mislabel their artwork. For example, if your child draws a picture of a house, you would write the word "house" or "home" underneath.


  • Identify Capital and Lower Case Letters - When young ones are learning the alphabet, they usually learn to identify capital letters. Once children begin taking an interest in reading however, most books are written in lower case letters. Point out upper case and lower case letters to your child as you read or go about your day. If you have magnetic letters on your refrigerator, be sure to purchase lower case letters as well.


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Literary Purchases

  • Invest in a Few Plush Book Characters - Stuffed literary characters are not only a lovely addition to any library, they also allow children to interact with their favorite "friends" or act out whatever scenarios their powerful imaginations might create.


  • Invest in a Few Stroller Books - Is your child at the ‘Oops, I dropped it!’ stage? Consider attachable ‘stroller books’. These small board books have basic images and bright colors to hold your baby’s attention, as well as a strap to hook onto a car seat or stroller. Your little one can enjoy the books, drop them, and still be able to reach the books again and again. 


  • Welcome New Siblings with Books - Are you expecting a second child? Purchase a book for your little one to give to his or her new sibling. This not only reinforces the importance of books in your home, but is also a keepsake.


  • Purchase Interactive Books - Keep a pile of ‘interactive’ books available for your little one, along with any materials (pens, pencils, crayons) needed to ‘play’ with those books. Coloring books, maze books, drawing books, search and find books, dot-to-dot books, sticker books, etc, are portable, and fun for children of all ages. They also help reinforce the idea of using books as entertainment.


  • "Wear" Your Favorite Books - Many companies use their positive influence over parents and children to promote literacy. Consider book related apparel as a gift. We have seen everything from picture-book baby shoes to t-shirts and hats with favorite book characters. 


  • Purchase a Compilation of Stories - Book compilations are wonderful ‘coffee table books’ for children to flip through on a whim. We have recently seen compilations of Frog and Toad, George and Martha, Winnie the Pooh, Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes among others.


  • Invest in a Few Dolls or Puppets (or Make Your Own) - Many books have a conversational component which tend to be difficult for some children to understand once they learn to read. Puppets and dolls can be used to reinforce the art of conversation early on. Simply hold up a puppet or doll as one character speaks, while simply reading what the other characters are saying. Try changing the inflection or tone of your voice as you move between two or more characters. When children are a little older, they can use the dolls or puppets themselves.


  • Purchase Books as Keepsakes - Consider purchasing a picture book for a loved one's special occasion. Let your little one ‘write’ his or her name, draw a picture, or place a handprint inside the cover. There are many mother, father, sibling, and other relative and friend inspired picture books, but you may want to choose a book with a special theme. The book will become a shared keepsake and reinforce the idea that books are treasures. 


  • Purchase Books About Favorite Screen Characters - As you manage your child’s screen time, keep in mind that while movies and television provide exciting opportunities for preschoolers to WITNESS a character’s adventure, books allow children to EXPERIENCE that same adventure, over and over again, almost any time or place they would like. If your child has been introduced to television, movies, or DVDs, remember to pick up a book related to your child’s favorite movie or television show. There are many, many books available now related to just about every movie or television show for children. An easy way to incorporate MORE literacy into your home is to read a related book before and/or after watching a show. These books give your child another way to connect with a familiar character and add to your child’s growing library. Additionally, if you are not yet allowing your child to watch television, your children will still know the characters their friends may be talking about.


  • Purchase Books As Party Favors - Books make great favors for a birthday parties, holiday parties, baby showers, or other special occasions. With a little creative wrapping and a fun inscription, books can be a lovely, and lasting, parting gift.

Tips and Activities for Travel

  • Give Books Before and After Vacations - Getting away for the weekend or vacation? Present your child with a wrapped book about your destination as a trip begins, so he or she can be on the lookout for places mentioned in the book. Alternately, present the book as the trip home begins, so your little traveler can reminisce. Either way, you are helping your child actively think about, and make personal connections, to books and experiences.


  • Find Le Libre - Visiting a foreign country?  Visit a local bookstore and look for a copy of a favorite children’s book printed in the native language. In addition to having a memorable souvenir, kids can “read” the familiar story and note that children everywhere enjoy reading! Colorful picture books often need very little translation, so you and your child can also enjoy a new story.


  • Purchase a Book in a Gift Shop - Does your child love penguins, sharks, turtles, or other aquatic creatures? Does your little one enjoy zoo animals? A great way to extend a trip to the aquarium, zoo, or other destination, is to promote your child’s interest and contribute to your growing library. Visit the gift shop, which usually has a nice selection of books for all ages focused specifically on animals or other related topics.everywhere enjoy reading! Colorful picture books often need very little translation, so you and your child can also enjoy a new story.


  • Take Books to the Beach - Heading to the beach this season? Take along a few ‘bath books’, which are sand and water-proof. Duplicate copies of your favorite board books are another option, because they are fairly sturdy. Tote them in a mesh bag so that when it is time to head home, you can shake the bag and leave the sand on the beach.

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