7 Great Reasons To Read With Your Kids

7 Great Reasons To Read With Your Kids

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

Reading with your kids can be a real treat, for so many reasons, says Better Reading’s Children’s specialist, Liz Bray. Here are a few:

1. Reading time is about chilling out and bonding, whether you’re reading aloud with a little one on your lap or just setting aside a half hour to sit together with each of you enjoying your own book. It’s a wonderful way to get some reading back into your own busy schedule!

2. You get to explore the extraordinary imaginary worlds of children’s books along with your kids, be it thrilling at the possibility of meeting a scary Gruffalo, heading down the rabbit hole or riding the train to magical Hogwarts.

3. You have licence to play with words, which can be delicious! There’s nothing like chanting an exuberant repeating text like ‘I Went Walking’ or all joining in with a resounding chorus of ‘but where is the GREEN sheep?’ And your kids don’t care that you’re not a professional actor.

4. Your kids will teach you new things and remind you how exciting it is to discover a story for the first time. With their ‘fresh eyes’ on the world, they’ll often surprise you with what they notice in book illustrations and what they remember most and think is important in a story.

5. There’s nothing like sharing a passion and passing your passion for stories on to your kids.

6. If it’s the end of a busy work day sometimes reading with your kids is the last thing you feel like doing, but you might find you quickly get into the flow and are even energised by it. Plus the joy and pleasure in watching your children read to you – or you reading to them – will be worth the effort.

7. And most importantly, reading with your kids gives them a great start, building literacy and assisting their academic achievement and emotional development. Research consistently shows that children reading aloud, and children being read to, help to improve their academic outcomes.

For more on the benefits of reading:

Our article on what happens to kids’ brains when they listen to a story, how picture books can develop vocabulary, and the Number 1 reason kids enjoy being read to

Our article on how books help develop children’s empathy

Our article on truly great reading aloud and storytelling

Our article about whether dads read aloud differently, and why it’s important for dads to tell stories

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Synopsis

Fifteen years after it was first published, the award-winning story of a clever little mouse outwitting the creatures of the deep dark wood continues to delight children and adults the world over. Created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the most successful picture book partnership ever, and translated into over fifty languages, The Gruffalo is a genuine modern classic.#12 in Australia’s Top 50 Kids’ Books

Publisher details

Where is the Green Sheep?
Authors
Judy Horacek, Mem Fox
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Picture Book
Released
03 May, 2004

Synopsis

Here is the blue sheep, and here is the red sheep. Here is the bath sheep, and here is the bed sheep. But where is the green sheep?Mem Fox and Judy Horacek take you on a wildly wonderful adventure in their rollicking search for the green sheep.Winner of the 2005 CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood#3 in Australia's Top 50 Kids' Books

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  1. Kim says:

    Just want to recommend a website with a list of great of engaging picture books for toddlers, it also includes youtube videos of the books being read aloud.
    https://justawesomepicturebooks.com/