“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”—Emilie Buchwald
When we think back on our own childhoods, some of our most potent memories are that of being read to by our parents. I know myself that I can’t remember most of the toys that I had in my early years, but I sure do remember my first books.
Thumpity Thump Gets Dressed was my favourite book when I was young. My parents read it to me every night, over and over...and over and over...until I knew every single word myself, and the storytime became more of a recital as I quoted the entire book back to my parents. It didn’t matter how many hundreds of times I’d heard it, every time felt like the first!
30 years later and I can still recall every word from that book.
“Thumpity Thump got out of bed one sunny morning. ‘I’d like to swim today,’ he said...”
I’m sure my recollection isn’t at all unusual. We all had that book or story that we asked for ‘Again!” and ‘Again!”, no matter how many times we had heard it, because to a child, the beloved book is about so much more than hearing the story - sitting down to read together means quality time, security, comfort and love.
And the memories don’t lie - numerous studies have proved that here is no more impactful way to spend time with your child, and way to prepare your child to succeed as a reader, than reading aloud together.
Babies and young children are sponges that soak in practically everything in their environments. Even during story time, their minds are at work, taking in all the language they hear, colours, shapes, objects and lessons the characters learn.
Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of your kids life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk.
Reading to your child — at any age — will boost their brain development, your bond, and so much more. And all it takes is a few books, motivation, and a little time.
The advice is simple: Be consistent, be patient, read to your child early and often, and watch the magic work!
The Kiss Co’s range of beautifully illustrated children’s books are designed to maximise reading as a meaningful and nurturing experience for both child and adult. We are here to make it easy to experience tiny moments of love, because we understand how much the little things matter.
As a parent, you can be sure that you are raising a reader, and maximising your quality time whenever you sit down together. To your child - the books are simply a joyful experience. Approachable, fun, nurturing, interactive...and most of all, it’s time spent with you.