If you are reading this post, chances are good that someone read with you as a child. You should thank them for doing so! Reading with a child is THE single most important way to get them ready to read and is the third of the five new early literacy practices put out by Every Child Ready to Read.
Why is reading with your child THE single most important way to get your child ready to read? According to the American Library Association,
“•Shared reading is valuable because your child has your full attention, and you are enjoying the experience together.
•Shared reading helps a child develop a love of reading and an appreciation of books. Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves.
•A child’s interest in reading is an important predictor of later reading achievement.”
The Grand Rapids Public Library has several resources available to help you with this practice. We have a suggested list of books to read with babies as well as more information on early literacy itself. You can see a complete list of our reading suggestions for kids on GRPLpedia.
Former First Lady Laura Bush had it right when she said “As parents, the most important thing we can do is read to our children early and often. Reading is the path to success in school and life. When children learn to love books, they learn to love learning.”