5 Guidelines for Creating a Personal Story Book for Your Child

1. If your child is old enough, involve her in the story making process and make the book together. (example: picture above shows Daddy and Daughter are creating their book “Daddy Goes to Work in New York” before he leaves.)

2. Use simple, age- appropriate language and tell what has happened or what will happen later. (example for a 2 year old: the cars made a big noise, Mommy-Daddy looked worried, Mommy got a “boo-boo” on her head, Mommy went to the hospital to get her “boo-boo” fixed, Mommy got a band-aid, Mommy is all better)

3. Seek consultation for help with age- appropriate language if necessaary.  (consultations and book templates are available upon request at Early Childhood Development Associates through the website or by email at info@ecdevelopment.org)

4. If your child is old enough, include some of her drawings in the book.  (see example picture included in the book “Daddy Goes to Work in New York”- notice the child’s drawing which included an airplane )

5. Make sure your childs story book is readily available whenever he needs it so that he can see, touch and hold his book whenever he wants.  Older children may love to read their books to you.  Younger children may want to have you read their book over and over again. Several children we know like to keep the book under their pillows at night as a sort of “transitional object.”

We are available for consultations if you need help with your child’s personal story books.

Contact Marilee Hartling, RN, MFT at 323-655-5580 or email at info@ecdevelopment.org