Friday, April 1, 2011

Beyond Words

Say you have a beautiful coffee table book—maybe it has photos of butterflies, trees, beautiful artifacts, or paintings. Sit with your child and page through the book together. Talk about the photos. Talk about what you see. Let her tell you what she sees.Together, feel the nice paper the book was printed on. Open your child’s eyes to the enjoyment that a beautiful book can offer.


  1. Thanks for this. I always look forward to your resources and advice :-)

  2. Thanks for the follow! My kids and I will be reading your blog for tips on how to make them successful readers! Thanks!

  3. Great site! Following you from Monday's hop. Enjoy the day!
    Debbie from

  4. Thanks Madeline! That's awesome. I have a question, my daughter was having a difficult time in school, and I took her to child educational phychologist, who specified my child was very intelligent and had a high IQ but score low with her "working memory" which qualified her for ADHD. This has been extremely hard on me in making a decision to put her on medication, or get her tested through the school which I feel pressure to do, but have been warned not too. Do you have any suggestions?

  5. This is my first time to your site (followed you through Your site is lovely!

  6. Great idea! You're site is neat! I love all of the pictures of different kids reading. Following you back from BloggyMoms

  7. Wonderful resources here. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Coming from Bloggy Moms. This is an awesome blog! I am teaching my kids how to love books at an early age. My 16 month old baby can read some words already, yay! I am following you now. Hope you could follow me back at and Thanks!

  9. My babes and I love books! Happy to have found your blog :)

    I'm from bloggymoms and am now following! Will be back for more :)

    Would love it if you could visit and return the favor :)


  10. Do you know how early children can start to at least interact with a book read?

    Lexie Lane


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.