For Parents


  • Love your child with time, attention, and affection
  • Talk to your child a lot.
  • Read with your child every day. Even babies benefit!

It is all about interaction!

The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that children from birth to 2 years of age not be exposed to screens of any kind (computers, iPads, phones, etc.). Thus, reading from sturdy print books is important for infants and toddlers.

For children from 2-5 years of age, researchers generally recommend paper books with actual print. Some well-written electronic books may be introduced at this time.

For children age 5 and older, there are benefits to both e-books and print books. The best way to read and interact successfully to build your child’s literacy skills is to CARE:

  • Comment “Look at the brown dog eating his food.”
  • Ask Questions “Why do you think the dog is eating?”
  • Respond “Oh, yes, I think he looks hungry too.”
  • Extend Add words to what your child says. For example:
    Child: “Hungry dog eat.”
    Parent: “Yes, the hungry brown dog is eating and wagging his tail.”

For more detailed information about specific techniques to build your child’s literacy skills, please see the Sacramento State Literacy Connection.


It’s all about interaction!