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Storytime tips

Storytime Tips

Storytime is a special time for you and your child. We suggest the following to ensure everyone has a great time.

  • Arrive a few minutes before the session begins; settle yourself and your child.
  • Share in the stories, songs and rhymes with your child.
  • If your child is restless, feel free to take a little walk and come back later.
  • If your child is hungry, please feel free to feed them.
  • If 10 minutes is all they are interested in, that’s fine – you can try to stay a little longer next time.
  • Leave some time to select and borrow some books at the end of the session.

Storytime can be any time of the day for you at home and it is a wonderful way to create quality one-on-one time for you and your child. It isn't just about reading books word-for-word or page-for-page; it can be a conversation between you and your child about what you both see in the book.

A few tips to help you and your child enjoy storytime are:

  • Sit with your child so you can see their eyes and focus your attention where theirs is. This allows you to see what your child is looking at and what they are showing an interest in.   
  • Let your child’s eyes and hands tell you where they are looking and invite them to point out different things to you.
  • Let your child’s eyes and hands show you if they understand what you are saying.
  • Pause to allow your child time to make gestures or sounds or words to join in with you (The Abecedarian Approach, Sparling, 2011).

And most of all, have lots of fun together!

Don't forget to check out our online events calendar for information about our regular Storytime sessions at your local library.

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