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Reading to your child goes so much farther than just enhancing your relationship with a bit of extra snuggle time. By making books an important daily event in kids’ lives, reading can also boost learning potential and enhance development.

And reading is not just for toddlers or school-aged kids. Experts recommend reading to newborns and babies, no matter how little.  Ongoing studies support the theory that early reading with children helps them learn to speak faster, interrelate, cooperate, and bond with parents.

The sound of your voice, the poetic cadence of early books can help babies as young as eight weeks focus and bond with you.  At the next level, reading to toddlers and preschoolers develops higher reading skills. When parents read to toddlers, they learn how to express themselves, to relate, and how to communicate in a healthy way.

Bigger is better when it comes to reading to your kids. Ham it up, play with characters and different voices. It doesn’t have to be perfect. If your little one gets distracted, or asks a lot of questions, don’t fret. It’s all part of the reading journey. Even if your kid is an excellent reader, he or she may still want to hear you read the story, and it still helps their reading skills.

Whether you read to them or they read to you, this special time together will help your kid begin to understand abstract concepts, how to apply logic and good judgement.  They will slowly gain the ability to concentrate better and retain more when they begin school.

Don’t forget the library. It’s a safe and comfortable place in your community that reinforces the benefits of reading. Picking out a number different types of books can help your kid figure out what type of books he or she likes. Add books to your home library that showcases diverse story lines and characters. Teachers are another excellent resource for getting new book ideas.

Let your kids pick out their own books. It will make them more engaged in their own choices.  Make books easy to reach by placing them within reach on lower shelves. Bring them on your family trips, to the dentist waiting room, even to the grocery store.

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