Reading books, singing songs, counting, and just playing games are all important in enhancing your child’s early learning and understanding skills. Among all these activities, however, reading aloud and sharing stories with your child has the best benefits, including language, literacy, and brain development.
Children’s books spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity, making them more eager to learn more about the world. It can also allow your child to explore different kinds of emotions, understand what’s real and make believe, and help your child develop early literacy skills like the ability to listen to and understand words.
Another reason to start reading to your child early is that their learning begins as early as infancy. An excerpt posted by sciencedaily.com reads: “These findings are exciting because they suggest that reading to young children, beginning even in early infancy, has a lasting effect on language, literacy and early reading skills,” said Carolyn Cates, PhD, lead author and research assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. “What they’re learning when you read with them as infants,” she said, “still has an effect four years later when they’re about to begin elementary school.”
Want to buy and let your kids play with gadgets? Think again. “In contrast to often either passive or solitary electronic media exposure, parents reading with young children is a very personal and nurturing experience that promotes parent-child interaction, social-emotional development, and language and literacy skills during this critical period of early brain and child development,” writes the American Association of Pediatrics.
But looking at it in another perspective, consider reading to and with your kids as a bonding time to get closer to each other. An article published in the Business Insider gives a more compelling reason. “Scholastic’s Kids and Family Reading Report found that both parents and kids ages six to 11 agree that the top reason they enjoy reading books out loud is that it’s a special time together. Taking even a few minutes to stop what you’re doing, snuggle up together with a book, and read a story sends the message that you love and care about your child.”
Barns and Noble released its list of best children’s books for 2017, and here are our picks:
by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim
Princess Penelope Pineapple wears a lot of hats as junior ruler of the Pineapple Kingdom, and most of her work requires something sturdier than a frilly dress. Indeed, every morning, she bypasses the sequins and lace, and makes a beeline for yoga pants or a flight suit – depending on what the day requires. This encouraging tale celebrates fashion and challenges gender stereotypes—the perfect recipe for an empowering story time!
by R.J. Palacio
When Wonder wowed older kids and parents alike and activated a meaningful new anti-bullying movement called “Choose Kind,” Palacio knew she wasn’t finished writing about kindness. So she created a picture book version of her powerful story for younger readers. Prepare to be inspired!
by Malala Yousafzai and Kerascoet
As a child, Nobel Peace Prize winner and bestselling author Malala Yousafzai would wish for a magic pencil to improve the lives of those around her. She tells the story of her own childhood and that nightly wish in her first picture book. She recalls realizing that wishes weren’t enough, and she needed to take action. “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world,” she reminds readers. This wonderful read encourages young readers to find their own magic and to share it with the world.
by James Dean
Pete has put his dancing shoes on, and he’s ready to boogie! But Grumpy Toad, whose deadpan delivery is spot-on, points out Pete’s multiple left feet. Will Pete dust himself off and get those paws moving again? Step-by-step dance moves are included for your little dancer!
Hey Super Moms! What are your kids’ favorite children’s books? Tell us why you recommend them!
Source: Book descriptions and list from Barnes and Noble