You want to read to your children. You’ve been to the library and have a stack of books. Unfortunately, your younger child can’t seem to sit still and the older child would prefer to read on his own and this business of sharing a book with your family seems less and less likely. Reading to siblings, though challenging, is a wonderful way to bond as a family, cross-developmental gaps and talk about things that matter. Making time for stories demonstrates that reading is worthwhile and enjoyable.
Many young children find it difficult to sit and listen to a story. Allow your children to listen to the story while working at quiet activities such as drawing to stay focused. If you are reading a picture book, you can pause and let your children know when they can look at the picture. Alternatively, you can stop during the reading and reflect on a particular passage, checking to make sure that everyone is understands and enjoys the story. Although older children are perfectly capable of reading independently, hearing a story can still be immensely satisfying. Perhaps your older child wants to take turns reading with you. Younger children may have a go at a single sentence or paragraph. Either way, opportunities for sharing books with siblings are plentiful.
Book choice will be important in keeping everyone engaged. There are many excellent read-alouds for you and your family to discover. Visit Go Reader Go for recommended Read-Alouds.