So what’s the big deal about reading aloud to your children? As the mother of eight who has been reading aloud for 26 years now, I know that reading aloud is often work; it takes time and effort and (frankly) it can be tedious to read Richard Scarry’s What do People Do All Day for the umpteenth time. So why do I make an effort? I’ll tell you why, the results are spectacular!

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”

– Jacqueline Kennedy

Reading stories aloud to your children will change their lives . . . and yours. It won’t happen overnight, as change is gradual, but continued and dedicated reading will most definitely bring noticeable, long-term changes.

Did you know . . .

* In this day and age of hectic lives and busy schedules, reading together is a simple and enjoyable way for parents to take time out and focus on the family. Young children need lots of special, dedicated time with their loved ones.

“Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.”

– Hazel Rochman

* Reading childrens stories aloud to our children can be fun.

* Reading childrens stories is a wonderful bonding experience where the child (or children) feel loved and wanted as their mom or dad reads to them. It shows children in no uncertain terms that they are important to us.

* It creates a desire to want to learn to read in our children. The love of reading is the greatest single indicator of future success. Did you get that? Loving reading is what counts…there are lots of children who read but do they love it? Read aloud good books to a struggling reader and he will develop a love for it.

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

– Harry S. Truman

* It helps our children master language development. It builds listening skills, increases a child’s attention span, and develops the ability to concentrate at length of which all are learned skills.

* It develops children’s ability to express themselves more confidently, easily, and clearly in spoken AND written terms and it develops and fosters a child’s natural curiosity. Reading aloud also develops creativity and a child’s ability to use their own imagination!

* Reading children’s stories to our children provides the best opportunities for true ” teaching moments.”

“The non-reading children are the greatest problem in American education.”
– Glenn Doman, How to Teach Your Baby to Read”

“When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.”

– John Berger

*The incredible, original art print of the boy reading in the tree is by BreezyTulip. Please visit her site!