Out of the Mouths of Babes

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald

“My dad doesn’t like me to get long books because he falls asleep when he reads to me.” This matter-of-fact statement came from a kindergartener. I laughed, checked out his book, and told him what a great dad he had.

Yes! I’m standing on my chair, cheering for this tired parent. We are all tired parents, but we need to do what we need to do. Read to your children! They can reap immeasurable benefits from being read to by an adult — or anyone.

Look at what you can do, just by taking a few minutes a day to read to your children.

  • Create a special bond
  • Instill a love of reading
  • Build language
  • Boost vocabulary
  • Improve listening skills
  • Increase attention span
  • Develop imagination
  • Promote communication
  • Cultivate writing skills

It’s never too early to start reading to your child. Set aside a time to read every day. Go to the library. Introduce a variety of genres. Make reading a good habit.

Reading spells success. Just do it!

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