“It’s so important to start reading from day One,” she says. “The sound of your voice, the lyrical quality of the younger [books] are poetic … It’s magical, even at 8 weeks old they focus momentarily, they’re closer to your heart.” As they begin to grow, families should make sure books are available everywhere in the home, like it’s your “daily bread.” (Amen.) But it shouldn’t end when kids begin to read on their own. “As they become independent readers, we tend to let them go, but even kids in older demographics love nothing more than that time with their parents,” Baker says. “We’re blown away that kids time and again said the most special time they recall spending with a parent is reading together.”
Reading aloud with our children is one of the best things parents can do to nurture and enrich their children. At Levra Foundation, we believe that we should be reading aloud from birth until 14 years old.
When was the last time you read a book with your kids? When was the last time you cuddled each other to enjoy a book?
Listen to Rebecca Bellingham as she explains why we should all be reading aloud to children.
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There is a profound connection between engaged reading and life success. Timothy Bates and Stuart Ritchie, at Edinburgh University, conducted a study and have proven the connection between reading well and future job success. They analyzed the relationship between early reading skills at seven and later socio-economic life. Since 1958, they followed more than 17,000 people in England, Scotland and Wales. They showed that reading well at age seven was a key factor in determining whether people went on to get a high-income job.
Listen to Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald’s talk on TEDx regarding the connection between talking/reading to children and their future success.