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Instilling a love of reading from infancy and beyond ~ picture book recommendations included!

 

Joshua listening to Goodnight Moon

Joshua listening to Goodnight Moon (2007)

When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I by food and clothes. ~ Desideriuos Erasmus (1469-1536)

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~ Emilie Buchwald

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.~ Mary Schmich

How do you raise a child who loves to read?

It should come as no surprise that raising a prolific reader is best done by parents who love to read-and if they are avid readers that is even better. Parents who love to read, but do not read very much will not be as likely to raise good readers as parents who read prolifically. Probably, the most important thing you can do is to read to your child—for hours on end. I have always felt like I have learned more by traveling into my books than from any of my formal education!

I often hear parents say that they read bedtime stories. This is a great start. However, if you really want to raise a reader, read on and off all day long. You can easily read a baby and/or small child anywhere from 50-100 age appropriate books a day — think of those tiny and very short chunky books – some of them take less than a minute to read! You can probably read a small child 10-20 average length picture books each day! This time commitment will not even make it difficult to run an efficient household and tend to the various needs of other family members (i.e. spouse nurturing, serving others, homeschooling, keeping a clean home). Read during potty learning. Read before naptime and bedtime. Read after playing outside. Read for fun. Read to learn. Just read.

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