This FREE program encourages you to read 1,000 books to your child before he/she enters kindergarten. (Birth – Day before Kindergarten)
One of the best ways to encourage learning to read is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading to your child helps develop important pre-reading skills and provides a solid foundation – key to school and learning success!
Prizes will be awarded! Stop by the library to get your free log to get started!
Why should I read to my baby/toddler?
- The greatest amount of brain growth occurs between birth and age five. In fact, by age 3, roughly 85% of the brain is developed.
- Given the course of brain development, it is not surprising that young children who are exposed to certain early language (talking) and literacy (reading) experiences usually prove to be good readers later.
- Researchers found that when mother frequently spoke (talked) to their infants, their children learned almost 300 more words by age 2 than did their peers whose mothers rarely spoke to them.
- In the first 3 years, infants and toddlers begin gaining the first of thousands of words they will use throughout their lives.
- Experts are nearly unanimous in stating that babies should regularly experience shared books as soon as they experience shared talking, that is, during the first weeks and months of life.
- Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. (Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention.)
- The single most important factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home before beginning school.
- By the age of 2, children who are read to regularly display greater language comprehension (understanding), larger vocabularies, and higher skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention.
- Children with greater contact to books and other print materials express more enjoyment of books, reading, and academics.
- When adults read to children, discussing story content, asking open-ended questions about story events (example: Why do you think the cow jumped over the moon?), explaining the meaning of words, and pointing out features of print (how to hold a book, reading from left to right, periods, commas, words on page, etc.), they promote increased language development, comprehension (understanding) of story content, knowledge of story structure (beginning, middle, end), and a better understanding of language– all of which lead to reading success.