Help Your Child Read

Read aloud to your child/ Read to your child every day!

You can read the morning news at breakfast, share a story after supper, or cuddle up for a book at bedtime. A daily reading routine is something everyone can look forward to.

Background information on the importance of reading aloud to young children along with tips and guidelines for picking books and read-aloud techniques. AGE 2-5

Reading Aloud with Children of All Ages 

Guidelines for Choosing Read-Aloud Books - Guidelines and tips for picking developmentally appropriate books to share with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. AGE 0-5 

More Tips for Choosing Read-Aloud Books-Tips for choosing books for young readers that send positive messages about many different lifestyles. AGE 2-5  

Techniques for helping caring adults make the most of read-aloud experience with young learners. AGE 2-5

Read Aloud Every Day-Encouragement and motivation to read to children every day 

READ ALOUD VIDEOS by Reading Is Fundamental

Reading Passages by Reading Is Fundamental


50 Books for Baby’s First Year-Tips for reading to baby and and extensive list of board books by category.

 Poetry Play-Poetry uses words in unusual, fanciful, and even silly ways! Download your own poetry booklets.  

Books about Friendship-Our list of friend books created for Kids’ Book Fest 2013 

Numbers and Counting Books- Read about numbers and how they work together!  

Books That are Magical-A List of books especially for Kids’ Book Fest 2011 that are magical, wonderful or wishful.  

Books about Animals-Read books about your favorite animal or learn about a new creature.

Talk and build vocabulary

Interesting conversations build vocabulary, language skills, and knowledge about the world. Talk is a child’s best source of exposure to new words and ideas.

Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! Tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators 

 Hablen, lean y canten juntos todos los días

Tips for Using Language at Home and in the Community

 The Benefits of Being Bilingual

Las ventajas de ser bilingüe


Model reading

Kids want to do what the grownups do. Make sure your kids get to see you reading and hear you talk about it. Even if your child is fascinated with books from an early age, their fascination will quickly dwindle if they do not see reading modeled at home. If you are not an avid reader yourself, make a conscious effort to let your children see you reading for at least a few minutes each day! Read a magazine, a cookbook, a novel, your Bible…it’s up to you! But show your child that reading is something that even adults need to do.

Tips for Grandparents

Point out print/identify letters in natural settings

Read and talk about the words you see in the world around you. There’s lots to read—signs, recipes, cereal boxes, instruction manuals, bus schedules, news, maps, and menus.

Visit the library

Take advantage of all the books, materials, story times, programs, and resources your local library has to offer.

St. Lucie County Public Library System Locations and Hours

Create a reading-rich home

Find books at the bookstore or yard sales. Provide a special shelf or basket for kids to keep their own books and one for library books. Make sure there are quiet, comfortable places to read.

Encourage your child’s reading

Praise the efforts of a soon-to-be or beginning reader. Make sure schedules of older readers include time for reading for pleasure.

Keep books handy

Stash books in your bag to read aloud when you travel or have to wait at restaurants or for appointments. Or keep eBooks on your phone.

How to Choose a Book-Simple ways to find the right book for a child with suggestions by age (Oversized bookmark format)

Children’s Books (PDF):

Baby’s Busy Day: Being One is So Much Fun! [English]   [Spanish]

Where is Bear?  A Terrific Tale for 2-Year-Olds [English]    [Spanish]

Amazing Me: It’s Busy Being 3! [English]    [Spanish]    [Coloring sheets]

Start reading traditions

Beyond bedtime stories, consider a special birthday book, holiday favorites, or a regular family read aloud night.

Related Activities in the Daily Schedule- Tips for integrating reading and literacy-related activities into learning activities throughout the day.  Age 2-5 

Tips and Activities for Families from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)- Time-tested tips and easy-to-implement activities to be given to any adult who plays a role-at any stage-in a child's literacy journey. AGE 2-5 

Tips and strategies to help caregivers incorporate language learning opportunities for children into daily activities.  AGE 2-5 

Family Life: Finding Fun in Everyday Routines-This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas to help families discover delicious ways to learn together with food. Age 3-8  

Family Stories: Sharing Memories and Pride-This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas to encourage families to share family stories.  AGE 3-8  

 Creating a culture of literacy checklists: [Checklist for Home]   [Checklist for Communities]

 Everyday Learning-Turn everyday moments into learning opportunities for your child. 

Laundry Tipsheet

Let kids choose books

Offer titles that explore your child’s interests, expand horizons, and offer exposure to different kinds of writing. Show them there are books where they can see themselves and books where they can see the worlds of others.

 This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas to help families discover delicious ways to learn together with food. Age 3-8  

 This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas to encourage families to share family stories.  AGE 3-8  

 This handout for parents recommends book titles and activity ideas related to helping children develop strong friendships.  AGE 5-8  

Make everyone comfortable

Find a spot to read together where you are both comfortable. Sometimes kids have to move around to be comfortable.

Be an active reader

Use expressive voices for characters, make sound effects, and point things out in the text and illustrations when you read aloud.

Discuss what you read

Give your child enough time to absorb the story and look at the pictures as you read. Think aloud about what you are reading and looking at and encourage your child to do the same.

Ask questions when you read

Ask your child to guess what comes next. Ask open-ended questions that help them relate to characters or events in the book. Let your child get involved and ask questions too–interruptions are okay! Asking questions while reading to your child is not only great for encouraging your child to interact with the book, but it is also extremely effective in developing his ability to comprehend what he is reading.

 Supporting Children in Conversations in Specific Settings-Suggestions for helping children actively participate in conversations. AGE 0-5 

Encourage re-reading

Repetition helps kids learn. Re-reading favorite books and poems helps kids make meaningful connections between themselves and books.

Connect reading and writing

Write your own reading material, like a story about your life, a story featuring your kids, or a story kids make up.

Make media matter

Connect kids with appropriate technology—videos, apps, or games that help them learn new words and interesting things about the world.

Get help

If you have concerns about your child’s language development, hearing, or vision, see your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible.

How to Talk with the Doctor Tip Sheet [English]   [Spanish]    [Haitian Creole]

Developmental Milestones [English]   [Spanish]   

Developmental Screening Passport (Birth-5 years old)    [English]   [Spanish]

Learn to Read of St Lucie County -Their Mission is to improve lives through literacy for any person 16 years or older through free, confidential instruction in reading, writing and speaking English, and the technological skills needed to solve problems encountered in daily life

Make reading an experience

Link life experiences with books, like a trip to the zoo and books about animals, or planting a garden and reading The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin.


Have fun

Your idea of fun may differ from your child’s, so appreciate your child’s special joy for learning new things. Try different approaches, such as having them read to you or acting out a favorite story. Even something as simple as a story time outside can make reading together livelier and more memorable for you and your child.

Screen Time Tips-Learn why to put limits on your child’s screen time and read aloud instead.