Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Learning to Read is a Family Affair

Drawing of silhouette of parent and child reading

"Learning to Read is a Family Affair" was developed by the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) and is available in English and in Spanish.  These brochures are available to download for free.  

Tips for choosing books to read aloud for children

  • birth to one year
  • one to three years
  • three to five years
  • primary school age


Tips for reading aloud to children include:

  • Begin reading to your child soon after he or she is born.
  • Set aside a special read-aloud time each day.
  • Remember to make read-aloud time a "snuggle" time.
  • Have a variety of books available for your child.
  • Choose good books.
  • Familiarize yourself with each book before reading it to your child.
  • Introduce each book to your child.
  • Try to match reading time to your child's attention span and comfort level.
  • Ask questions that have more than one answer (i.e. not "yes" or "no" questions).
  • Remember that your child's interests and preferences for certain types of books will change with age and development.
  • Read familiar favorites over and over.
  • Remind your child, "Be nice to your books.  They are your friends."


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Posted on February 10, 2012
Updated on: September 23, 2018