(HealthDay News) -- Reading is an important part of childhood. Parents can encourage a love of reading by getting little ones engaged in books.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions:
- Ask young children to name which books they want to read, and have them pretend to read out loud to you.
- Ask children to tell you how a story you are reading resembles something they have done or seen.
- Engage children with questions about a book, and encourage them to ask questions back.
- Toddlers should be able to point out when you've skipped a page or section.
- Ask your toddlers to explain a book in their own words.
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