Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Child

benefits of reading aloud to your child

Parents often ask:

When should I begin reading aloud to my child?
Where is the best place to read aloud?
When is the best time to read aloud?


15 Read Aloud Tips for Babies and Toddlers was created in partnership with First Book: a collection of 15 books that are wonderful for reading aloud with very young children.

You can sign up to get new books, for free and at low cost at:

Dinosaur vs. The Potty
Your Personal Penguin
Freight Train
Pat the Bunny
Yummy Yucky
Knuffle Bunny
Happy Baby Words
Kitten’s First Full Moon
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Good Night, Gorilla
Goodnight Moon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Harold and the Purple Crayon
The I Love You Book
Hop on Pop

The good news for families is that this advice is easy to follow. Reading aloud to your child requires only a book and your willingness to spend a little quality time with your child.

The sacrifices to read aloud are few while the benefits are many:

Your child may learn to read better, think better, imagine more richly, and become a passionate and lifelong reader.

Some of the benefits are more immediate:

The pleasures of spending time with your child and sharing the enjoyment of a good book.

Happy reading!


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