We all know it is good to read to children, but why is it important and at what age should you start?
Reading aloud to children is important because even well before children can recognize printed words or letters, reading aloud teaches children that printed words have meaning. It also shows the correct way to hold a book, which way to turn the pages, and which direction to read the words. All these skills will set a child up for learning to read.
When should you start reading aloud? It is never to early to start! Even young babies will benefit from hearing caregivers read. Establishing a routine of reading, such as a couple books before bed, will help make regular reading a part of the daily routine.
What to read? Whatever you or your child likes! With very young children, shorter books and books with repetitive language are good choices. Here are some of our favorites:
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
How to be a Cat by Nikki McClure
Who? A Celebration of Babies by Robie Harris
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon