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Get Reading! | Starting Young

Back in 2021, the Qatar National Library began to host webinars for mothers to highlight on the importance of reading to influence healthy habits in our children at a young age.

The webinar focused on how reading can help promote the development of language, literacy skills, and encourage a love of learning in children.

There is a well-known saying that parents are their child’s first teacher. Therefore it is so important that from an early age, if you don’t put effort in with their reading time, children will often associate reading as boring and rather bring out their Ipad’s to watch some cartoons and play games (which is also ok, but obviously, in moderation).

Therefore we would like to take this chance to recommend to you some classic books appropriate for ages 3-5.

Here are a list of some books we recommend you to check out:

· Make Way for Ducklings… by Robert McCloskey.

· Anatole... by Eve Titus,

· Blueberries for Sal... by Robert McCloskey

· Corduroy… by Don Freeman.

· The Snowy Day.. by Ezra Jack Keats.

· The Story of Ferdinand… By Munro Leaf

· Owl Moon...By Jane Yolen

· The Very Hungry Caterpillar... By Eric Carle

· The Poky Little Puppy... By Janette Sebring

Have you ever been to Qatar National Library?

They have a collection of more than 100,000 children’s books and host numerous activities for children and their families, such as:

  • Interactive story time

  • Creative workshops

  • Early literacy programs

  • Book discussions

  • Science, Arts, literature and theater programs

  • Workshops for parents, educators and caretakers on child development and learning, and much more

  • Programs and activities for children with special needs conducted by experts and specialists

Becoming a member of the library is free and you will have access to 1,000’s of books and other services. We recommend that you get involved with this for your children to begin their reading development journey. Please see this link to sign up as a member online: https://www.qnl.qa/en/library-services/become-a-member

If you need some guidance in motivating the little ones to be more keen on opening a book, here are some tips:

  • Make a routine, reading a book can be a nice way to finish the day.

  • Try out funny noises and sounds – play and have fun!

  • Involve your child by encouraging talk about the pictures and repeating familiar words.

  • Let your child choose the books. Be prepared to read favourite books over and over again!

Let us know what you think about Qatar’s National Library and If you were able to find the books that we have recommended to you in this blog post. We would love to see some pictures of our students either reading a book or studying there over the weekend.

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