(original post by American Association of School Librarians)
How to Read Aloud to Your Child and Why It’s Important
According to the Family Literacy Foundation, the many benefits of reading aloud with children are:
- Children’s self esteem grows as they experience the security of having a parent or other caring person read aloud with them.
- Children experience increased communication with parents and other family members.
- Children are introduced to new concepts such as colors, shapes, numbers, and alphabet, in a fun, age appropriate way.
- Children build listening skills, vocabulary, memory, and language skills.
- Children develop imagination and creativity.
- Children learn information about the world around them.
- Children develop individual interests in special subjects like dinosaurs, cats, or cars.
- Children learn positive behavior patterns and social values.
- Children learn positive attitudes towards themselves and others.
- CHILDREN LEARN THE JOY OF READING!
Websites about Reading to Your Child
Reading Aloud: Tips for Parents and Teachers
This website has a collection of resources that explain how to read aloud and which stories to select for young children, children, and teenagers.
Reading is Fundamental: Reading Aloud
Research shows that reading aloud to your child is the number one indicator of how well your child will read; this website includes information and tips about reading aloud.