There is almost nothing, aside from unconditional love, that is more important to a child's development than reading and fostering a love for books. I base this on my education in the field of Social Work, as well as evidence from my own tiny book lovers - all three of them.
We do a lot of reading in our house. It helps with social, language, comprehension, and a whole load of other skills. When I was pregnant with the twins I enjoyed free subscriptions to Baby Talk and Parenting magazines and Wicked, the story of the Wicked Witch's upbringing. Very interesting read! My husband at that time was reading the Hobbit from a classic collection passed down by my mom.
The connection between book and reader can be complicated and intense, or it can be superficial and spur-of-the-moment. Whatever the case their is a payoff in the end. Our minds and our soulds receive simultaneously.
These days I find myself reading a lot less chapter books and a lot more children's stories. That's alrgiht with me. The awe in my kids' eyes when they recognize a word or anticipate a character's next move is monumental in my heart.
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