Start young: the first read aloud session
You can start reading aloud with your child from the moment they are born. In the first months of life baby may not understand what you are saying, but they will recognise your voice, and enjoy the rhythm of your speech.
Just a few months later, you may notice baby paying attention to the pictures in the books, or starting to associate words with objects in the pictures.
3 Books you can enjoy with your kids:
There are plenty of books you can read with your children. Sturdy board books are more suited to little hands and mouths and picture and rhyming books for toddlers and pre-schoolers. To celebrate Book Week, the Children’s Book Council of Australia created a short list of books for early childhood. We picked three of these picture books as recommendations for you to read with your child:
1. Piranhas don’t eat bananas
This story is about a piranha who loves to eat bananas. However, his other piranha friends do not agree with his fondness of fruit. How will Brian, our main character, manage to convince his friends that it is ok to eat bananas if you are a piranha?
This book is an excellent, fun read that teaches children that it is ok to be different. It starts by highlighting the differences between people (or piranhas), and then normalises them: you can be a fruit eating piranha if you want. Or not, if you don’t want to.
2. The cow tripped over the moon
The little colourful book reveals a story about perseverance: “How many attempts will it take before Cow makes her famous high flying leap?” This is a delightful book with a thoughtful lesson: no matter how many times you fail, keep trying. Cow is determined to jump over the moon. But it seems the harder she tries, the harder she falls!
Will she eventually succeed?
3. Mr Huff
An illustrated book by Anna Walker, this is a story about the clouds and the sunshine in each of our lives. Adorable characters, beautifully illustrated, populate the book and tell the story of all of us: having a bad day, embracing feelings, and dealing with emotions…
Just like the two books above, this is a beautiful lesson about life. You will find that not only children can learn from these books - they are great exercise for adults too!
Discover the beautiful world of books with your child
For even more recommendations on reading aloud with your child, reading activities or ideas to encourage playful interactions with literacy and books, you can follow Let’s Read and Play Talk Read. These websites share valuable information on how to read with your child, and how to make the most of the stories you discover together.