Ready. Set. Read!

Literacy is a gift every child deserves.

Reading aloud and talking together every day creates secure relationships and a strong foundation for learning. Books should be part of every family’s daily routines.

At DPC we promote reading at every visit for all ages. We are proud of our book donation program where we encourage our patients to donate their gently used books to our “bookcase” where other patients can choose a book to take home and enjoy. 



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We are proud to support the DeKalb Library Foundation’s initiative. Great age specific suggestions can be found here.




What Young Children Like in Books, From 

Infants 0-6 months

Infants 6-12 months

Young Toddlers 12-24 months

Toddlers 2-3 years


Ways to Share Books with Babies & Toddlers


Make Sharing Books Part Of Every Day

Read or share stories at bedtime or on the bus.

Have Fun

Children can learn from you that books are fun, which is an important ingredient in learning to read.

A Few Minutes is OK—Don’t Worry if You Don’t Finish the Story

Young children can only sit for a few minutes for a story, but as they grow, they will be able to sit longer.

Talk or Sing About the Pictures

You do not have to read the words to tell a story.

Let Children Turn the Pages

Babies need board books and help turning pages, but a three-year-old can do it alone. Remember, it’s OK to skip pages!

Show Children the Cover Page

Explain what the story is about.

Show Children the Words

Run your finger along the words as you read them, from left to right.

Make the Story Come Alive

Create voices for the story characters and use your body to tell the story.

Make It Personal

Talk about your own family, pets, or community when you are reading about others in a story.

Ask Questions About the Story, and Let Children Ask Questions Too!

Use the story to engage in conversation and to talk about familiar activities and objects.

Let Children Tell the Story

Children as young as three years old can memorize a story, and many children love to be creative through storytelling


Links to reading resources:

New York Public Library – 100 Great Children’s books:

Reach Out & Read – “where great stories begin”: