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Let's Read Together

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Understand the importance of reading aloud to young children.

By Tina Mraz, FCPL Early Literacy Services Coordinator

Share the Joy of Reading

Reading aloud to young children is one of the most important things you can do to promote their language development and future reading ability, as WETA’s Reading Rockets project indicates. Whether you choose a book from your child’s bookshelf or one from the library, sharing this special time with your child will benefit them in many ways. 

Benefits of Reading Aloud 

According to The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon, reading aloud builds word sound awareness, stimulates language and cognitive skills, and builds motivation, curiosity and memory. book covers of Reading Magic and How to Raise a ReaderIt also provides children the opportunity to practice listening — a crucial skill for kindergarten and beyond. Reading aloud to children in their early years also exposes them to story and print knowledge as well as words and ideas not often found in day-to-day conversations or screen time.

Other benefits of reading aloud include:

  • Increasing vocabulary.
  • Creating a habit of reading.
  • Encouraging a lifetime enjoyment of books.
  • Fostering one-on-one bonding time.
  • Strengthening children’s social, emotional and character development.
  • Decreasing levels of aggression, hyperactivity and attention difficulties.
  • Sharpening children’s cognitive function.

For the best impact, choose books that are fun and engaging and have rhythmic language and repetitive words. The more fantastic the experience, the more children will grow to love books and become lifelong readers.

Learn More

For additional information about reading aloud to young children, check out How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox.

Recommended Books to Read Aloud

book covers of recommended books to read aloud

  • The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
  • Bruce’s Big Storm by Ryan T. Higgins
  • Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack! by Ivor Baddiel
  • The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino
  • Froodle by Antoinette Portis
  • Giddy Up! Let’s Ride! by Flora McDonnel
  • Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow
  • Let’s All Creep Through Crocodile Creek by Jonathan Lambert
  • Little White Duck by Walt Whippo
  • Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre
  • Read to Your Baby Everyday by Rachel Williams
  • The Red Lemon by Bob Staake
  • There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
  • It’s Time for Bed by Ceporah Mearns
  • Tippy-Toe Chick, Go! by George Shannon
  • Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson
  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach
  • Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea

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