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Why You Should Read Aloud to Your Child

Here’s a fact. Reading aloud to your child is the single most important activity to ensure that he is not only ready to read when he goes to school, but interested in books, learning, and reading for the rest of his life.

Reading aloud instills the desire children need for them to be interested in books and learning. Children are not born with desire. We must instill it in them. The more parents read to their children, the better readers children become. And like anything, the better you get at it, the more you like it. The more you like it, the more you do it. But none of this occurs without an adult planting the seed of desire, and that cannot be accomplished without reading aloud.

When you read aloud to your young child, you inspire him, arouse his curiosity, entertain him, reassure him, and share with him of the wonders of life, the universality of the human condition. You’re saying you value books. You’re saying you want to spend time with him. Children in our culture are starving for quality time with their parents, and the daily routine of sharing picture books is the perfect opportunity for just that.

Reading aloud offers children a glimpse at richly textured lives beyond their own experience. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats introduces the happy experience of waking up to find snow piled high outside your window. Through lovely text and astonishing photographs, The Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley introduces children to the rainforest, and a night in the life of the red-eyed tree frog.

Year after year, studies show that young children who hear thousands of picture books before they go to school usually learn to read more easily when they enter first grade.

High quality picture books introduce your child to the world, helping him prepare for school and for life.

Read to your young child for at least 20 minutes every day: before bedtime, after nap-time, during meals. Surround your child with books. Take a book wherever you go. Visit the Richland Library, and let our team of experts pick out the best books for your child. Read to your child today.


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