Nurturing Young Minds through Parent-Child Interaction

(All About Books)

“Science has told us for many years that learning begins from birth — so let’s choose books that support shared book reading right from the start … It’s about offering choices for parents and caregivers that they’ll enjoy reading aloud, creating opportunities for loving interactions, and strengthening that all-important relationship for years to come.” — Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, Medical Director, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin; Vice-Chair, Reach Out and Read Board of Directors; Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

It’s a no-brainer that most parents or future caregivers envision themselves reading to their children. Many of us have cherished memories of reading with our parents, grandparents, aunts, or uncles during our own childhood. Whether it was a special occasion or part of our daily routine, reading with a child brings a sense of calm, joy, and connection.

Apart from the emotional benefits, numerous studies have consistently shown that reading to a child from birth aids in brain development fosters early literacy skills, and lays the foundation for learning how to read. When we read to our children, we are not only introducing them to new words and ideas, but we are also stimulating their imaginations and expanding their knowledge of the world. From the earliest days, when we read simple board books to our babies, we are helping them to make connections between the pictures and the words, laying the groundwork for language development.

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