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Encouraging a Love of Reading from a Young Age

Posted 08/19/19 by April S

Libraries are remarkable places for people of all ages, but especially children. At the Library, children are exposed to a variety of fun programs, books and resources. And there's always something new to check out. Below are a small selection of favorites from the past year that my kids loved and hopefully your kids will too (read it again!).

10 Picture Books Your Kids Will Love

High Five by Adam Rubin
How to Give a Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps by Nicola Winstanley
I am a wolf / Kelly Leigh Miller
There are no bears in this bakery / Julia Sarcone-Roach
Llama destroys the world / Jonathan Stutzman ; illustrated by Heather Fox
Lambslide / by Ann Patchett ; illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman ; illustrated by Jay Fleck
The very impatient caterpillar : am I a butterfly yet? / Ross Burach
The neighbors / Einat Tsarfati
Oh no, Bobo! : you're in trouble / by Phil Gosier

Cultivating a Love of Reading from a Young Age

Did you know reading aloud to children has been proven to have lifelong benefits? Parents who read to their children are bonding with them, engaging their imagination and encouraging active learning.

Mother reading to her young children

The Benefits of Reading to Children

Below are a 5 reasons to read to your child:

  1. Reading to babies in the womb could help jump-start their language skills
  2. Reading to babies boosts brain development
  3. Reading aloud to babies and toddlers supports basic speaking skills
  4. Reading aloud to children increases their vocabulary
  5. Reading to young children helps to develop lasting literacy skills
Encourage a Lifelong Love of Reading

The books and resources below discuss the power of reading aloud to children. They also cover many ways parents can cultivate a love of reading in their children.

The enchanted hour : the miraculous power of reading aloud in the age of distraction / Meghan Cox Gurdon
The reading promise : my father and the books we shared / Alice Ozma ; foreword by Jim Brozina
Encourage reading from the start : essays, articles, and interviews from the field / Pat R. Scales
Reading in the wild : the book whisperer's keys to cultivating lifelong reading habits / Donalyn Miller with Susan Kelley ; foreword by Teri S. Lesesne
Reading picture books with children : how to shake up storytime and get kids talking about what they see / Megan Dowd Lambert in association with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art ; foreword by Chris Raschka
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