Why is Reading so Important?
"Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime."
View this BBC documentary in which science writer Rita Carter tells the story of how modern neuroscience has revealed that reading, something most of us take for granted, unlocks remarkable powers.
Dr. Pamela High of the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses how reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills.
"The more experience children have with books, the more likely they are to read early and well."
A video from ZerotoThree that clearly outlines why talking and reading with your baby and toddler is so important.
Below are resources and current research that highlight and discuss the importance of reading to and with children....