You Gotta Read To Your Kids

by Paul on June 3, 2008

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As you may have surmised from my Sippy Cup Reviews, I’m a big fan of books. I love to read and have loved to read for as long as I can remember. This most certainly has to do with my parents and how they encouraged me to read and read to me at a young age.

That’s the same philosophy we’ve taken with our daughter. Starting the first night home from the hospital, The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton, we have read to her every day of her life. Sure at first she didn’t really understand any of the words that we were saying or what this “book” thing was, but she was still learning. She was learning language from us talking to her, she was learning how to hold a book, she was learning to read from left to right, and she was learning that reading is a good thing.

She is now two years old. We still read to her every night. She usually falls asleep curled up with my wife, twirling my wife’s hair as she listens to tales of Charlie and Lola, or Bob the Builder, or Cinderella. When we are busy cleaning or making dinner or just relaxing my daughter may even grab a book herself and pretend to read. Heck, she knows some of the stories so well she actually does read. You can’t tell me this won’t give her a bit of advantage when she starts school.

Think of it this way. Just as you have to feed your child to make their body grow, you have to feed your child’s mind to make their knowledge grow. And books are the food. Baby Einstein is not.

I’m sure I’m speaking to the choir here, but maybe you know some people who weren’t read to as kids and don’t read to their kids. Why not buy a book for their children for the birthday or Christmas rather than that cute gadget that lights up? Maybe they’ll learn to love reading as much as I do and as much as my daughter does.

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