The Value of Reading Aloud

Just after dinner time, when all the dishes are done, the kids have brushed their teeth and put on their pajamas, the magic of books comes alive through a new exciting adventure. Reading to our four children, ages 2-7, is a tradition that everyone in our home looks forward to. Sometimes it is a group activity where we all sit in a circle with different books and make up a story from the pictures on the pages. Other times, they are nestled in their beds and we read them fairytales or dinosaur adventures.

By reading aloud, we are showing our children that reading is fun and exciting. We are showing them that anyone at any age can read and use their imagination. Here are the wonderful gifts you give to your kids when you read aloud to them:

  1. The more you read aloud to your kids the more they will love reading.
  2. It builds their vocabularies.
  3. It inspires a lifetime love of reading and is a great way to make reading a part of their everyday lives.
  4. It’s one of the best ways to bond with your kids.

Here are some examples of the types of books you can read to your children, along with a few suggestions of good reads in each category:

  • Novels and Chapter Books
    • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    • The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
    • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
  • Poetry
    • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    • For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funnybone by Jack Pretlusky
    • Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Pretlusky and Marc Brown
  • News and Non-Fiction
    • National Geographic for Kids Magazine
    • Ranger Rick Magazine
    • Guinness Book of World Records
  • Picture Books
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