Reading a bedtime story for kids can be a fantastic way to bond with them. Listed below are our top ten tips for making this time a special and memorable occasion:

  1. Find a comfortable place to create a special feeling at reading time.
  2. Allow your children a few minutes to settle down to get ready to hear the story. This gives them anticipation for something special!Reading Stories For Little Kids
  3. Show the cover and ask your children what they think the title might be and what the story will be about.
  4. Use plenty of expression, change your tone of voice, and adjust your reading pace to fit the story.
  5. Ask questions such as, “what do you think will happen next?”
  6. Laugh with your child and encourage them to turn the pages and to ask questions.
  7. Stop periodically to give children time to think about the reading. Ask them to describe their favorite part and why it was their favorite.
  8. Help children make connections between the events in the story and their own lives.
  9. After reading kids bedtime stories, it is important to talk about the story. Discussing the pictures and the main ideas in a book helps develop understanding, while building your child’s memory.
  10. Make reading a routine by setting aside a special time every day.

Kid’s bedtime stories can come alive when you laugh and involve your child with the art, the characters and the story. When you make reading fun – an event – you are not only bonding with your child, but also teaching them a lifetime skill. As Dr. Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.”