What’s better than to sit snugly together and read a book to your kid? Not only will you nurture their interest in the written word, it’s also an excellent way to expose them to some of life’s big themes.
Scientific research has shown that children who are read to generally have larger vocabularies and better speech development. They also enjoy beautiful phrasings and tend to be more creative with words.
Books often bring up certain themes that you wouldn’t easily discuss on other occasions. A good example would be Astrid Lindgren’s The Brothers Lionheart which deals with death in a very moving way. Therefore books are great tools for intellectual as well as socio-emotional development.
Life-long interest in reading
Children who are read to are more likely to pick up a book later in life. Reading to your child is also an excellent way to introduce them to some lesser known writers worth checking out, authors who don’t get the same exposure as J.K. Rowling.
Last but not least, reading to your kids is a lot of fun and the perfect opportunity to spend more time with your child. They will enjoy and appreciate the extra time and attention that’s devoted to them. Moments to cherish!
Not convinced yet? Check out Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox.