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The Importance of Reading to Your Child

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5 Reasons to Pick Up a Book & Read With Your Child

“If we want children to learn to read well, we must find a way to induce them to read lots,” and likewise, “If we want to induce children to read lots, we must teach them to read well”

Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams

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It is said that children become readers in the laps of their parents – a sentiment we couldn’t agree more with at Tiny Owl Publishing. As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, there are untold benefits to be unlocked once you begin a reading journey with your child; valuable bonding time together, opening their eyes to new worlds and cultures, and being able to teach them that reading is a pleasure, not a chore.

Here are just a few reasons you should start reading with your child:

  • Readers Become Leaders It has been proven, in numerous ways, that childhood readers benefit intellectually. Reading alongside your child can help improve their comprehension skills and expand their vocabulary – you will be there to help explain words they may not understand; helping to improve their reading age one book at a time.
  • Books Should Be Mirrors & Windows At Tiny Owl Publishing, our aim is to introduce global children’s literature to a UK audience. We encourage parents to introduce their kids to translated stories to offer them a different perspective to different cultures. Having a more diverse bookshelf to choose from with your child can open their eyes to worlds and traditions they may never have any other way of learning about.
  • Reading Between the Lines Bedtime stories can be a great way to open up conversations with your child you may not be able to naturally conduct otherwise. They can help broach topics that could be tricky to do otherwise – a book’s character can become an ally for discussing emotions and feelings with your child.
  • We Read to Know We’re Not Alone A bedtime story may only last ten, fifteen minutes, perhaps, but the memories will last a lifetime. Children become adults that cherish certain books and stories that remind them of precious bonding time with their parent.
  • Books Fall Open, You Fall In The story doesn’t end on the final page – books act as a springboard for more creativity. Maybe a certain tale will inspire your child to try a new hobby, perhaps create their own story – maybe embrace their artisitic side, like we discussed last week? A good book is just beginning.

And remember:

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

Dr. Seuss

See also: Book Review: #GIRLBOSS

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