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Tillis: We know all the words to 'Goodnight Moon' … Now what?

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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 11:57 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 1:10 p.m. CDT
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Melanie Tillis is a youth services assistant at the Westchester Public Library.

New parents always have fun books ready for baby’s arrival. Nothing is more precious than reading to a baby as they absorb every sound being said.

Then, baby grows into a toddler and starts to make choices on their own, like picking out a favorite bedtime story. Who wouldn’t love to read “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown to an excited young learner again and again?

And, again, again and again.

Now what?

Sometimes we get this question in the Children’s Department here at the Westchester Public Library. Parents desperately want to move their little ones along with the hope of never having to repeat another line from that same old book. However, depending on the age of the child, do not be so quick to make changes. According to Moises Roman of the UCLA Early Care & Education Department, “If the schedule is consistent, children learn the pattern. Once a pattern is set children can infer. This way, there aren’t too many unknowns.”  

Reading can become a part of a routine, and so can the books that are read to them. Basically, it’s a comfort thing.

But change must come at some point, so here are some tips for parents in need of help mixing it up at reading time. Toddlers like books with repetition, colorful pages, sound words and simple text. They really go for the wow factor. It may seem cheesy, but through that wow they learn words, how to pretend to read, how to listen and best of all, they develop patience.

Still, remember this is a learning process, so do not get frustrated because challenges may come. Just go with the flow.

To wrap it up, all you are going through is normal. Don’t get sad, tired or frustrated. You and your child are where you need to be. As with anything, adding new stories to the mix can become a part of a regular schedule.

The Westchester Public Library can add variety to reading time.

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