Reading together from early infancy. The answers to the most common questions parents have.

Last Updated on 3 May 2022 by Dr. Sandro Cantoni

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Research has shown that children who are read to frequently from a young age are more likely to develop strong reading skills later on in life. This is because reading aloud to children helps to familiarize them with the sound and structure of language, which lays the foundation for learning to read on their own. Furthermore, reading together as a family strengthens the bond between parents and children, and creates opportunities for shared enjoyment and learning.

Reading together as a family is an activity that can provide a special bonding experience. This is because reading together involves not just the exchange of thoughts and ideas, but also the sharing of emotions and sensations. When children read with their parents or other family members, they are often physically close to one another, touching or even cuddling.

This physical closeness helps to create an intimate bond between reader and listener. Furthermore, reading together gives children the opportunity to see adults modeling positive behavior – such as patience, focus, and concentration. In this way, reading can be seen not just as a pleasurable activity, but also as one that fosters important values within the family.

What criteria should I use to determine if a children’s book is of good quality? They all appear to be lovely and attractive…

There is a huge variety of books on the market today, and it can be hard to know which ones are truly excellent quality and which ones fall into the category of “less good” or even bad. To help you sort through the vast array of available books, I would suggest a few simple guidelines.

First, take some time to experience books for yourself. Explore the many different titles out there by leafing through them, reading passages, and getting a feel for what each book has to offer. Next, be sure to get advice from experts in the field. Talk to librarians, booksellers, and literary enthusiasts; visit parents’ discussion forums and children’s book blogs; go online to discover more about the authors and illustrators responsible for these wonderful works. By familiarizing yourself with all aspects of children’s literature – its history, its key players, and its most popular titles – you will be much better equipped to make truly informed decisions about what books to choose for your baby or child.

Rest assured that even if you come across some less good or poor quality options along the way, there will always be plenty of excellent quality choices waiting just around the corner.

I have two kids and can’t keep both of them occupied during reading time. How should I arrange it?

It’s critical to schedule individual reading times for each child, taking into account their preferences and needs.

When reading together as a family, it is important to consider the needs and interests of each individual child. For younger children, you may want to devote more time to books that are specifically geared towards their developmental level. These books often feature rhymes, poems, songs, and other engaging content that is perfect for young readers. Additionally, these books tend to have thick, sturdy pages that can withstand the occasional tumbles or drool marks.

For older children, you may want to focus on more advanced stories or novels that will appeal to their growing interests and skills. You can lay these books out on a special mat while your younger child plays nearby or sleeps in his or her crib. Alternatively, you may choose to engage the older child in story-time by having them read aloud to their younger sibling. This can be a great way for kids to build confidence in their reading abilities and bond with one another through reading together.

Whatever kind of reading material you choose for your children, it is essential to make sure that everyone gets the attention and support they need during this special time together.

How long should I read to my child? 

In the world of parenting, there seems to be a big emphasis on reading with your children at specific times and for a set amount of time. However, while having regular family reading sessions is definitely important, it is by no means a necessity. Whether you read together for 5 minutes or 2 hours, the key is simply to read with your child as often as you can, no matter how brief that may be.

For very young children, even just flicking through a beautiful picture book and letting them look at its gorgeous illustrations can be wonderful. Cuddling up close with your little one and pointing out the various animals and objects in each scene are great ways to help develop vocabulary and language skills. And don’t underestimate their ability to pick up on things like tone of voice and facial expressions; a smile from mom or dad when they gurgle or babble will have them engaged and eager to come back for more next time!

As your child grows older, he or she may start wanting to turn the pages themselves and point out certain characters or objects in books on their own. This can certainly lead to longer reading sessions.

As every parent knows, children grow and change rapidly, and their needs and interests can vary greatly from one day to the next. One child may be full of energy and ready to run at a moment’s notice, while another may be more reflective and calm, content to sit quietly and take in the world around them.

Similarly, each age group has its own developmental milestones and appropriate activities. And when it comes to reading, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Each child, each age, and each reading has its own time, without anxiety or haste! The important thing is to have fun and relax, and to be together with books every day. This can help to create some important daily routines, such as reading at bedtime or during bath time.

When my kid was a few months old, he listened to me attentively and quietly, but now that he’s older he refuses to hear about books… What can I do?

If you’re looking for books to engage a more dynamic child, look for books with flaps, tactile elements, and opportunities for participation. Flaps, holes, and discoverable elements help to keep little hands busy while also providing an opportunity to talk about the story as it unfolds.

Books with sounds are also great for kids who need a little extra stimulation – just be sure to choose ones with high-quality recordings that won’t drive you absolutely insane. And finally, interactive stories are perfect for kids who like to be involved in the action. Whether it’s helping to solve a mystery or participating in a sing-along, these books will get your child engaged and excited about reading.

When it comes to reading with children, the story and the book are vital tools for engaging and communicating with kids. Through stories, we can help children explore their experiences and increase their knowledge by talking about what they know and stimulating their imagination through the illustrations and characters in the story.

Additionally, by letting children choose books that interest them or simply giving them free rein to read whatever it is that they wish, we can encourage their love of reading. Whether through fiction or non-fiction, reading is a powerful tool for fostering curiosity, expanding knowledge, and sparking a child’s imagination.