Category: Reading Aloud

WHY does my child want to read the same book again and again?

WHY does my child want to read the same book again and again?

Picture a toddler, sitting in a high chair during a family meal. He drops his sippy cup onto the floor and looks at his mom. She brightly exclaims, “Uh-oh!” and bends down to pick up the cup. Moments later, he deliberately lets go of the cup again. “Uh-oh,” he says with a smile.

“Uh-oh” is one of my favorite stages in child development. Our children become young scientists, learning more about the ways of the world through repetition.

On the other hand, they also become obsessed with their favorite color, their favorite show, their favorite book–wanting the SAME stories, the SAME snack, the SAME toy…each and every day.

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It’s one of the frustrations that come up when I ask parents about their read-aloud routines with their children:

I get tired of reading the same books over and over again.”

We certainly went through the same phase where we read the same Caillou book to our toddler for weeks in a row.


While it’s aggravating for us as parents, there IS a scientific reason why our children are so drawn to doing the same things again and again.


Repetition is an important strategy for the brain development of our young children (babies, toddlers, and preschoolers) and has many benefits:

  • teaches cause and effect
  • builds anticipation
  • establishes connections in the brain

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Children’s Books Featuring Repetition:

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Every time our children read (or hear) a familiar book, they learn new vocabulary, observe more details in the illustrations, and develop a stronger memory. Teachers and authors know how important consistency can be for young children, which is why so many “classic” and beloved children’s books feature repeating lines, such as:

While reading the same book again and again can become tiresome for us, you can be confident you are helping your child become a more confident, successful reader–and surely, that is what we ALL want for our kids!

Here’s a tip if your child is “stuck” on one book: 

Read the book he or she is requesting, as usual, along with two other books. Choose one a favorite from the past (that YOU love) and a new book that you wouldn’t mind becoming the replacement favorite.

(And then record yourself reading the book you’re tired of, either on audio or video, so your child can replay it on demand. Read more here.)


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The Importance of Repetition in Early Literacy Development

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Incorporating Reading into Your Daily Routine

Incorporating Reading into Your Daily Routine

We all agree that reading to our children is valuable, right? (Check out the benefits of reading aloud here, if you’re not sure.)

When it comes to actually sitting down and reading to kids … well, that’s when things can get a little tricky. Usually, parents mention one of these three obstacles to reading with children:

  1. We don’t have TIME to read aloud as often as we’d like.
  2. I get tired of reading the same books over and over again.
  3. My child won’t sit still for story time.

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If any of those obstacles sound familiar to you, I hope our read-aloud series has been helpful for you. Here’s what we’ve covered so far:

In our family, finding time to read aloud with our kids is a tricky business. We have to be intentional parents, making sure that reading to our children is a priority to our schedule.

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Here are some of the ways we can all incorporate more stories into our day!

Choose just one or two a week to make reading to kids more fun.

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  1. Start the day with a story. Invite your little one to snuggle with you, and read a great book like Sandra Boynton’s Hey! Wake Up!
  2. Read aloud while your little one gets dressed. Blue Hat, Green Hat is a family favorite!
  3. Make teeth-brushing time fly by with a fun book!
  4. Keep a children’s book of poems or nursery rhymes at the dining room table. Read one or two if you finish eating before your child. We love Tomie DePaola’s Mother Goose.
  5. Stack books up next to the couch in the living room. Act surprised when you find your little one browsing a book!
  6. Make a personalized playlist for your children. Record yourself reading a few favorite books.
  7.  Buy a CD player and some books with CDs for your child’s room. My daughter enjoys Farmyard Tales from Usborne Books & More.
  8. Leave a few books in the car for the carpool lane, waiting at the drive-through, or for taking on errand runs.
  9. Visit the library or book store at least once a week. Find a new book by a favorite author.
  10. Read a book outside while your child takes a water break.
  11. Share a book while your little one is in the tub.
  12. Snuggle up together for a book or two before bed.

 Can you think of anything I missed? I’d love to hear your favorite time of day to read with your child!


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Raising children who love reading doesn’t just happen. So let’s be more intentional together, okay?

5 Great Benefits of Reading to Babies from Birth

5 Great Benefits of Reading to Babies from Birth

Reading to babies is one of the first and best things parents can do! If you’ve ever wondered when to start, let me tell you that is never too early (or too late!) to read aloud with your kids. I actually read to both of our girls while pregnant and love talking about the massive benefits of introducing our children to books from a very young age.

five great benefits of reading to babies from birth

Welcoming a new baby is a sweet and exciting time for any family. There is a nursery to prepare, a car seat to purchase and install, and so many tiny little clothes to wash and fold. Many parents have a baby shower, and my go-to gift is a bundle of two wonderful books by Australian author, Mem Fox: Reading Magic (for the parents) and Where is the Green Sheep? (for the baby).

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Our first daughter was born prematurely and spent her first few months in the NICU. I spent my days sitting by her side, alternatively poring over Reading Magic while she slept. I read aloud picture book after picture book during her awake hours so she could hear my voice. It was at that moment that our family culture was born. Books had always been a huge part of my life as a child and young adult, and now they are a huge part of our family as well.

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