Babies love to hear the human voice, especially yours, and they love to hear you read out loud, sing and talk to them! Reading to your little one enhances bonding and trust, and promotes learning to talk and think. Reading aloud also boosts vocabulary, comprehension, attention span and listening skills. It teaches the names and sounds of letters. Infants, toddlers, and young children benefit by talking about the pictures and snuggling close. And, reading aloud promotes imagination, curiosity, and knowledge.
Parents don’t have to be great readers, and they don’t have to read aloud 20 minutes at one stretch, especially if your child is tired or wiggly. It’s fine to break up reading time into smaller increments. And, reading out loud is a fun and easy thing to do, day or night.
It’s never too early – or too late – to start reading to your child.
As the Children’s Reading Foundation and the READY! for Kindergarten program emphasize, reading together really is the most important 20 minutes of your day!