It takes 1000 hours of “lap-time” for young children to have the readiness skills in place to learn to read. -National Institute for Children’s Health and Development The Three Ways to Read a Book Children are honored as learners, whatever their stage of reading development, when they understand that readers may do any of the following: Read and talk about the pictures Read the words Retell a previously read book Choose one of the ways to read a story each night with your child. Have your child participate as much as possible. If you choose “read the pictures”, just read through and talk about the pictures. If you choose “read the words”, show your child how you are reading the words. Point to each word as it is read. If you choose “retelling the story”, choose a book that you have read over and over. Retell the story together.