read aloud to your kids

How often do you read with your children — once a day, once a week or maybe not at all? No matter your answer, anywhere is a great place to start.

The benefits of reading aloud are endless. It nurtures emotional bonding, opens doors to shared experiences, builds brain connections, strengthens comprehension skills, aids in language development, expands vocabulary, improves listening skills, increases attention span, stimulates imagination, eases anxiety, boosts curiosity and fosters a love of reading and learning.

Here are a few basic tips to keep in mind.

  • Have fun. Enthusiasm is infectious. If you enjoy books, so will your children.
  • Visit the library and let us help. Pick out books together and let your children make their own book selections.
  • Find a cozy spot at home, pick a relaxing spot outside or listen in the car.
  • Make reading together part of your daily routine — after meal times, before bedtime — whatever works for your schedule.

Try reading aloud to your children today. This simple, yet powerful gift of time and love will give back to you in full. Check out the books below to find helpful reading lists, strategies and tools that you can use to help your family form deep, lasting connections through stories.

Book Girl: a Journey through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading Life
The Enchanted Hour: the Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction
Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time
The Read Aloud Handbook
The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
Reading in the Wild: the Book Whisperer

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