Reading aloud with your little ones helps strengthen their language and literacy skills in more ways that you might realize. The rhythm, rhyme and repetition in children’s stories help your child connect meaning to sounds and words. As you read aloud they learn to make predictions about what might come next and they learn to “read” along with the story by reciting familiar phrases.  Here are some times of the day you can try incorporating reading aloud with your little one. 

Waking Up

Morning cuddles are a great time to read a story together. Don’t forget to put your child’s cochlear implants or hearing aids on right when they wake up. That way they can access all the wonderful conversations you have together in the morning. Here’s a fun wake up book you can read together!

Hey! Wake Up! by Sandra Boynton

While Waiting for Appointments

Reading books together can be a great way to kill time before appointments. But how do you fit all the books you’d need in your bag? These Indestructible Books are kid proof and soft bound (made of laminated paper) so you can fit lots more in your bag without it getting too heavy! Here are two, but there are lots more!

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Things That Go! by Stephan Lomp
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Baby Babble by Kate Merritt

During Car Rides

Books can be a great way to entertain your little one during car rides. They can flip through books on their own, or you can “read” the story from memory as you drive. Sometimes you may find yourself handing your kiddo your phone to keep them entertained on trips. Here’s a fun and educational read-aloud option called Book Flix, available through many public libraries.

On Long Trips

Traveling with your family can be a great way to teach your child new vocabulary. Making experience books with real photos of your trip can be a fun way to talk about past experiences together. See this post about Experience Books for more ideas! Here’s a cute book about a family road trip:

Road Trip by Roger Eschbacher

During Mealtimes

Mealtime can often be hectic, and a great way to make it less hectic is to capture your child’s attention with a story. Reading books with different types of food and traditions may help your child become more adventurous when trying new foods!

Mealtime by Elizabeth Verdick
Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

Before Bedtime and Naps

Many families have a bedtime routine that includes bath before bed. If you remove your child’s hearing aids or cochlear implants for bath time, don’t forget to put them back on for the remainder of their bedtime routine. Reading a soothing story together before bed can be a great way to settle them down for rest. Here’s one of our favorites:

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na