Virtual Toddler Storytime!

Gayle Snible from the New York Public Library knows how important it is to read to your children-but some people forget it’s not so your child can read before anyone in their class, “Reading to children isn’t about pressuring your kid into becoming some sort of prodigy who can wow your friends at parties by reading index cards at six months. Many experts also believe it’s mostly about fun, bonding time, and improving their language (not reading) skills” (check out the rest of her Huffington Post article!)

Gayle goes on to say that, “”There are no rules really for reading [to a child], but that it should be an enjoyable activity,” adds Klein. “It can be turning pages with a child or labeling what they see in a book. ‘I see a little girl in the book, and she’s running.’ Toddlers will listen to a book, but they don’t need the full story. There’s no right way; it should be a delightful activity.”

AND Gayle wants you to know that the NYPL has filmed many toddler story times, so don’t feel bad if you missed your local library’s story time. Check out one filmed at the Mosholu Branch:

For more information on storytimes and more, visit nypl.org

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