The benefits of reading with children

Reading to babies

  • Help parents and their babies to bond
  • Begins to develop communication skills
  • Develops babies listening skills
  • Introduces babies to the rhythm and tone of vocabulary
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Reading to young children

  • Improves cognitive skills
  • Improves and develops children’s vocabulary
  • Develops empathy
  • Increases concentration time and ability
  • Provides a calming and bonding time for both parents and children
  • Develops listening skills
  • Expands children’s imagination

“Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page . Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child’s life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk.”

Reading with your child by Bernice Cullinan and Brod Bagert

Useful links….

Great tips and info on the benefits of reading to your baby at Emma’s Diary

Neil Griffiths, passionate about reading to children and an ambassador for the importance of reading in the Early Years. Some good advice and stories all in video format.

The Book Trust  – where do I start? The go to for any reading info for children. A really good site and great Newsletter that it’s worth signing up for.  Tips for reading   

Government advice

Top tips for reading to your children at home from BBC bitesize.

Kids reading to kids!  also lovely ideas for Bear Hunt activities