How important is reading in a family? Reading is an obvious help to kids intellectually, but it is also a great bonding opportunity. From the time you read to and with little ones right through the time you encourage their reading beyond high school, both of you benefit:)
Babies: in and out of the womb, while cuddling, helping to recognize people, places, and animals, hearing rhythm and rhyme.
|Gyo Fujikawa…beautiful books for baby and beyond!|
|another of Gyo’s books|
|beautiful, inside and out|
|Berenstain Bears teach lots of values|
|read Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books out loud to your kids:)|
Kids older than about 9 tend to veer away from reading or read like crazy. This is also when many parents discontinue reading to their kids before bed since the kids can read on their own, but if you find interesting books a little above their reading level you can continue to read a chapter a night of great books to them and enjoy that “us” time so important at that age. Many kids heard the Harry Potter books before reading them themselves.
|Harry Potter can lead to Stephen King later in life|
|a favorite before it became a bestseller|
|An all-time favorite Richard Scarry book, along with
Cars and Trucks and Things That Go!!