Ripping Books

Q: “I noticed that when I read to my son he tries to rip the pages. Should I stop reading to him until he’s older?”

A: Reading is important, even for young children. It allows parents and children to enjoy a quiet moment of sharing while also building vocabulary and general early literacy skills.

It’s also not unusual for a child to try to rip a book! This is an opportunity to teach your child about how to read books appropriately.

If trying to rip the books continues to be a concern, you may wish to invest in (or borrow from the library) some board books, which are nearly impossible to rip.

Also, think about finding the right time to sit down and enjoy a book together. Many people find that after a bath, before bed, after a nap or some other quiet time is best for suggesting a story together. Continue to read together and enjoy!

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