Educators, parents, and medical experts agree: reading is a key part of a child's development. We know we should read, but why do we love to? Let us count the ways...
1) Reading builds brain power. Whether kids prefer fact-based books or fairy tales, stories introduce them to new words, concepts, and points of view.
2) It teaches empathy. The world could use more kindness and understanding. With books, we can encourage kids to treat others, especially those very different from them, with compassion.
3) It gives kids confidence. Reading is a skill your child will use every single day. If they practice reading early and often, they're more likely to succeed in school (and in adulthood!).
4) It brings people together. When parents and children read together, they're forming connections and making memories
5) It's fun! Adventures, poems, science, mysteries, comics, histories, and more—reading lets us escape from reality.
Make reading a habit in your home by setting aside 15 minutes of story time a day for 30 days. By the end of the month, your child will have gained an appreciation of reading, which in turn will inspire them question, discover, dream, and grow.
Not sure where to start? Dive into summer reading with our 30 suggestions for types of books that you and your little one can read together. Whether your child is a reluctant reader or a budding bookworm, this challenge will help unlock their love of stories.