Saturday, March 22, 2014


For some children, humor is the key to hooking them into reading. A silly book allows children to let go and laugh. Humor is also a good way to engage you child in a discussion about a topic or issue. If your child is dealing with a sibling or school issue, or even a falling-down period, laughing at a character going through something similar can put it in perspective and give your child some release.

And keep in mind that humor for your preschooler may not even seem so funny to you. Clearly your sense of humor has evolved. But appreciate silliness for what it offers your child. And, if you get in a silly mood, you are guaranteed to have a good time yourself. 

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.