Children at young ages learn from observing others and exploring on their own. Sometimes they may "Pretend Read”. There are several things that you can do to help her with her reading.
1.Before reading, hold the book up with the spine facing your child and you.
2.Point to the front cover and say:"This is the front cover." Then, point to the back cover and say:"This is the back cover." Last, point to the spine (side of the book）and say:"This is the spine of the book just like the spine in your body. Meanwhile, gently touch her/his spine from neck to hip."
3. Point to the title of the book and say:"The title of the story is ......" and the author is ...and the illustrator is ....".Then tell your child that the author is the person who wrote the story and the illustrator is the person who drew the pictures.
4. Turn one page at a time. Point to each word as you read to her. But read at a normal speed.
5. After reading, ask your child to spy something that he/she can remember from the story. Try to ask questions by following the order of the story. i.e., You may ask:" Is there a bird in the story? Can you find it?" "What color is the bird?"If your child doesn't talk or answer (Which depends on the age),you may say:"I see a red bird." At the same time, point to /touch something in the house that's red and say:"The bird is RED just like Clarice's red dress." This way, you are not only teaching reading, but also covering basic math concepts.
As your child grows older and older, you will need to tailor your questions based on his/her age and ability. For example: You may ask your child to locate certain letters or words in the story, or ask some higher order thinking questions (Why is she unhappy?). I am always so excited to watch my children and students reading. Have fun! I know you can do it!