How to read a French book to your child {for the non-native parent}

Recently, I added a new dimension to our daycare story-time - French-only books. Reading to your child in a second language is pretty similar to reading in your native language, and reading to a group can be fun because it allows for silly exchanges with and between the kids. 

While reading (in our case), non-English books can make you feel self-conscious, there's really nothing to it! If anything it will take you out of your comfort zone, and encourage your child to learn new words.
So how does a non-native speaker read and teach kids French (or any other language)? 

Here are 7 simple tips on the hows of reading to your child in French:
1. help your child choose a book with simple text and one you will enjoy
2. find your handy dandy French-English dictionary -if needed or jot down unfamiliar words on a sticky before you begin 
3. let your child guide you through the story 
4. ask questions about the story, characters, sequence of events
5. use props or find innovative ways to share the story
6. read/share the same story a few times 
7. do it again and again and again

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