Saturday, January 9, 2010

Check It Out

Have you introduced your preschooler to your local library? If not, this might be the ideal time to do that--especially if wintry weather is keeping you indoors. Look around the children’s area and you will probably see other parents and caretakers with young children. Your child will see other children reading and being read to. (Peer pressure exists even during these tender preschool years!) Many libraries have comfortable spaces made for reading and enjoying books in a relaxed fashion. And libraries are free. What an easy and inexpensive way to get out of the house and spend a pleasant morning or afternoon.


  1. Another idea is to check out if local libraries are holding readings for kids. As a child, I would love going to NYPL and listening to stories being read by librarians.

  2. Absolutely! Children's librarians often develop program that are geared to particular age groups and/or interests. They might include readings as well as craft projects, for example.


What I think . . .

There are all kinds of readers. Some—like my daughter and me—are never without a book to read for pleasure. Others—like my son—are careful, analytical, and curious readers who read primarily to seek information from the page.

No matter what kind of reader your child becomes, you can help him or her get started. After all, you are your child’s first teacher. And, best of all, you can have some fun in the process.

Please feel free to share your own ideas. Tell me about ways you've enjoyed reading with your child.

Madeline Boskey, Ph.D.