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Reasons to Read Early to Your Child

Are you wondering what the benefits of reading early to your child really are? Well experts aren't making this research up. Reading early to your child does so much for them emotionally and academically. Here are several reasons you should start reading to your child today (it's never too late to start).


Reading is the perfect way to bond with your child. Not only are you helping them feel emotionally fulfilled now, but you are helping them academically later. If you aren't sure of how you can bond with your child, take some time to read to them today.


By reading to your young child, you are teaching them about the value of 'thinking'. Being able to logically think about things doesn't always come so naturally. To open this portal to a young child is an amazing thing. You are teaching them to question, be curious, and to explore their world by thinking. Not to mention, reading takes them to different worlds of their own. 


Speaking of different worlds, the more you read to your child the more of an imagination they will have. It will blow your mind at how incredible little brains have the potential to be. Reading about things they love and things they'll learn to love  will only feed their imagination. You want to have the child that go off on their own and create their own world without help from you. This sort of independence only comes from early reading.  

Speech Skills

If you were to come up on a child that has a parent who reads to them, you will be able to tell the difference. Children who are read to are able to talk earlier and clearer. They have the language of the world at their fingertips when a book is read to them. They will start craving those words from those books and the words will come out of their own mouths. You will be amazed at the things your child would be able to say in the upcoming months and years.


Not every child can sit there and listen to a book being red, but most children who are read to at an early age can comprehend so much. When you read to a young child, you are allowing them to learn important skills like comprehension and discipline. 

A Love For Reading

Last but not least, children who are read to at an early age actually grow a love for reading and books. A love of reading is acquired and not inherited. You can show your child the beauty behind books by just spending a few moments each and everyday reading to them. 


As simple as all this sounds, finding the time to read to your little one doesn't have to be difficult. You can get creative like reading a book during bath-time or right before bedtime. No one has ever regretted spending those 5-10 minutes on a daily basis reading to their child. Start building that foundation and that love of reading today. 

Annmarie John
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  1. My girls are not me... I used to love reading and still do.. even though I read to them .. they are not as 'into it' as I was. BUT it has gotten better. My 7 year old actually started to play school w her 3 yr old sister and this has opened her to reading since it is considered 'play time' in her eyes.

  2. So funny you mentioned this, because we were just at the local library today to pick up more books for the girls and definitely try my best to read to and with my kids all the time.

  3. You have so many good points here. I have been reading to my boys every night since they were born. Actually now, sometimes they read to me :)

  4. My mom read a lot to me when I was a kid, and I still love to read today. I've read to all four of mine, and my youngest is now reading to me. :)

  5. We read a lot to ours when they were younger, and while I can't say it made them enjoy reading more, they didn't 'hate' it as much as I did as a child.

  6. I always have read to my kiddies and now my oldest reads to the rest which is nice for me when i am wanting to get some other stuff done she really helps them.

  7. We read a lot here and I think that it definitely makes a difference. Amber N

  8. My kids love their nightly book. They love when my husband or I read to them.

  9. I feel that it's best to get them into reading as soon as possible, so they can learn to appreciate it.

  10. Perfect post. There is always time for a good book. It is never to early to start reading.

  11. Great post! I totally believe in all that you wrote & plan to do so when I have kids in the future :)

  12. My husband and I read to our sons every day when they were young. One became a lover of books and reading and the other did not. I absolutely loved to read when I was young too.

  13. I have no idea if it is related, but my son's daycare teachers tell me he is ahead of his class in the alphabet, and we've read to him since infancy. Storytime is a treasured bedtime ritual in our house, which I love.

  14. My kids love to read, we read new books each day. It's amazing how huge their imaginations get the more they read!

  15. You are so right about all that. My niece loves to read and I've noticed that her vocabulary understanding is through the roof unlike my nephew who doesn't. Reading sure open a lot of new worlds.

  16. Kids love it when their parents rad to them. I know my kids loved it.

  17. I used to read to both my girls when they were babies. My older one loves to read. My younger hated reading for a long time and now she loves it. We spend more time in library than anywhere else.

  18. It's so important to read to them early . I did it more with my daughter and she seems to love to read so much more than my sons.

  19. I remember how when I was younger I would spend hours reading. As a teenager I use books as a way to escape. My son though is not a big fan on staying still for long period of time while I read to him. But every once in a while he will ask me to read him a story.

  20. I have always read early to my boys.I always loved the family bonding time. however when the youngest came around we have stopped and we need to get back on that again.

  21. We read every day to my son. It is SO important!

  22. Reading to our children is critical! I read daily to my girls (usually right before bed). I also read a chapter out of a novel to both of them at some point in the day. Lately we have this habit of sitting on the front porch, they are eating their popsicles and I read a chapter or two out of Stuart Little. I'm stunned that even my youngest (who's almost 3) is into it!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the SHINE Blog Hop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  23. I love reading with my kiddos. One of my favorite things is when they come to me begging me to read them another book. Love it! Thanks for sharing.


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