Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime. American Academy of Pediatrics Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric Practice
The Children’s Reading Foundation tells us to read with your child at least 20 minutes a day. You can divide the time throughout the day.
Read when your child is in the bath.
Read when you child is finishing eating.
Read when your child is playing.
Read when you are waiting in the car.
Read every day for 20 minutes or more.
At every event, your child gets to explore the book box and find a special book to take home. At the Ellensburg Summer Bookmobile stops, children 0 through 5 years of age, receive a free book. At READY! for Kindergarten, children also select a book to take home.
Use the public library to expand your book collection.
You can read to your child everywhere! Read the words, read the pictures, have your child tell you the story.
The Children’s Reading Foundation tells us that
“Reading aloud with children is linked to these powerful results:
Expanded knowledge and vocabulary
Improved attention span and memory
Increased curiosity and imagination
Greater self-esteem, empathy, and confidence
Stronger, closer relationships
Higher educational achievement and quality of life.”