• Adjust your attitude.
• Negotiate the lap treaty. Maybe the child off the lap can act out the book you’re reading, or have the privilege of choosing the next book.
• Tailor participation to each child’s level. Older children can answer your questions. Try other dynamic techniques with younger children – like having a preverbal child “eat” all the food on the page or follow the mouse with her finger.
Is it as easy as reading to one child? No, not at all. Is it as fun? Well, it’s different – and maybe it’s more fun, when they can all act it out together, or talk about it later, bringing up the shared language and experience that you have enjoyed together as a family.
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