I’ve written quite a bit on my personal blog about reading to my son and even done a few round-ups on Babble on his favorite books, my favorite books, etc. It shouldn’t be a surprise because I’m a bookworm myself – I’m currently on vacation at the beach and after five days, I’m on my third book. But my love of reading started years and years ago, when I was a toddler curled up on my mother’s lap. I remember leaning against her belly, made soft by three big babies, and listening to her voice read me Richard Scarry and the Adventures of Little Brown Bear.
These were the 1980′s, before the era of stay-at-home-moms with flashcards but I still knew my letters and read independently in preschool. I wasn’t some child prodigy – truly, my intelligence is average at best – but I owe my adoration of the written word to the tireless hours my mother spent reading out loud to me.
Inspired by the books I’ve been reading this week, here are 7 benefits of to reading to your toddler:
Do you read to your toddler? What are your favorite books to read together? Do you love it or does it feel more like a chore?
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