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Do you have any advice on strategies to stop her wanting to play with the book?

Hi Brett,
I`ve been reading to my new daughter since she was born. She has always really liked looking at the pictures and following the pages turn. But since she turned four months and has gotten better at grabbing things, she has started insisting that she get to hold the book. If I try to keep reading and turning the pages, she gets frustrated and cries until I give her the book to play with/chew on.

So I`ve just been reading a couple of pages then giving her the book to play with as I know it`s important to keep reading fun. But I would like to be able to read whole stories to her as I really enjoy it. Plus I`ve heard that you should complete the stories so that they learn how to read through books start to finish and to get the full impact of the story and rhymes.

Do you have any advice on strategies to stop her wanting to play with the book? Or is it just a phase I have to wait through?

Thanks very much.
Regards, Robin

Brett...
Answer: Hi Robin, I wouldn`t stress too much. It sounds like it`s just a period when you`re daughter`s showing an interest in books, but going through that "mine" phase at the same time. I`d suggest you keep trying, but don`t push too hard. You don`t want to make reading sessions a burden! I`m confident that in her own time your daughter will discover the delights of sitting still and listening to the story. Good Luck! Brett
Answered: 08 Nov 2008