Books have always been an important part of my own childhood. I loved learning through books and had a large collection. I remember my Grandad reading to me snuggled in his armchair and that’s something he then went and did with Freya too.
There so many reasons to read with your child. I thought with us all embarking on a new journey of home learning, it would be a great time to share some of the top reasons to read books with your children during this difficult time.
The books featured in the photos were kindly gifted to us from Books2Door. They offer free delivery on orders over £30 and they have a fantastic array of books from learning ones, to classic stories or picture books. There’s something for all ages.
1. Reading is important to develop language skills
Of course, we speak to our children every day, but it’s very much the same or repetitive. Books offer exposure to vocabulary on different topics, this means they hear words or phrases they may not hear in their daily lives.
2. It exercises your child’s brain
Reading to young children affects their brain activity, it’ll support and promote their early reading skills. Research on the importance of reading shows that certain areas of the brain are affected when young children have reading exposure at home from an early age. This is really important for a child’s language development.
3. Encourages knowledge
Reading to your child will lead to questions about the story, the pictures and their own imaginations. You can use this as a chance to speak about what is happening and use this as a learning opportunity. It may also develop an interest in different topics. There is nothing better than seeing a child who loves to learn.
6. It develops a child’s imagination and creativity
Being exposed to different styles of writing or even illustrations can ignite the imagination and expose them to new creative experiences too. Which they will later use in their lives and educational journeys.
8. Books are a form of entertainment
There’s so much technology out there now and it’s easy to have your life absorbed by it all. Especially right now with the world spending a lot of time at home, it’s important to take some time to read a book and get totally immersed in another world. It can be really exciting reading about a magical world, a mystery or a simple picture book too.
9. It is bond building
Like I said at the beginning, I remember sitting with my Grandad and having story time. Freya also remembers that. Bedtime stories are a great way to get relaxed, cuddle up together and enjoy a story together.
I hope these little reminders on why we should read to our children helps you. What are you reading right now with your family? Have you started a book yourself?
Disclosure: These books were gifted to us.