Why reading is important for babies and young children

It's never too early to pick up a book and read with them!

Reading should be a part of one's childhood. We think that's a fact. Aside from the given benefits like preparing them for reading, expanding their vocabulary, and establishing a lifelong love for learning, which we often talk about in our other blog articles, we'd like to introduce to you some other things we think could benefit your little ones as you continue to read to them.

It allows them to stick to a sleeping routine

Know that a reading routine can also help your child follow a healthy sleeping routine. When you establish a time at night for reading and that bedtime follows right after it, over time your child will understand that sleeping should be done at a consistent time in their day. Once you start reading to them, it's their automatic signal to relax, get ready for bed...no questions asked!

It helps you bond

Reading is an easy, effective way to connect with your child. When done at night, it's a chance to wind down after a long day; an activity that you both can look forward to before the day comes to an end. This makes them fully aware too that you make an effort to have time for them and that you do focus your attention on them, In the long run, this will provide positive effects for their esteem as well as their emotional and intellectual growth.

It helps with emotional learning

Through reading to them, babies and toddlers can learn about what a person looks like when they are sad, happy, angry, excited! From the illustrations of a book, you can label how a certain character is feeling and you can repeat saying that emotion over and over. For instance, if a character in the book is feeling sad, you can point to the face and repeat the word sad many times. You can also introduce these various emotions through your own expressions. Here's where good storytelling comes to play and that's a fun, interesting challenge as a storytelling parent! 

 

As they grow older, you can also start discussing the emotional implications of the stories you read. Let them determine the moral lessons of the story and listen to them express what they think about it and how they could possibly apply it in real life.

Next time, try to read to them our book called 'What If?' . It's a great book to discuss the little curiosities of life. Your kids will probably be able to relate to the funny yet thought-provoking questions by co-author Tia Turner. They probably have already asked such questions at some point!

Next time, try to read to them our book called 'What If?'. It's a great book to discuss the little curiosities of life. Your kids will probably be able to relate to the funny yet thought-provoking questions by co-author Tia Turner. They probably have already asked such questions at some point!

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