Why reading is important for babies and young children
Sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your child’s development.
You’re helping your child become familiar with sounds, words, language and the value of books. This all builds your child’s early literacy skills, helping her go on to read successfully later in life.
Reading stories sparks your child’s imagination, stimulates curiosity and helps with brain development. Interesting illustrations and word patterns – such as rhymes – can get your child talking about what he’s seeing and thinking, and help him understand the patterns of language.
Exploring stories also helps your child learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’ and might help develop her own ideas.
Reading or telling stories can also be safe ways to explore strong emotions, which can help your child understand change, as well as new or frightening events. Books about going to the dentist or hospital, starting at child care or making new friends will help your child learn about the world around him.
Sharing stories with your child doesn’t mean you have to read.
Just by looking at books with your child, you can be a great storyteller and a good model for using language and books. Your child will learn by watching you hold a book the right way and seeing how you move through the book by gently turning the pages.
Reading stories with children has benefits for grown-ups too. This special time together promotes bonding and helps to build your relationship, laying the groundwork for your child’s later social, communication and interpersonal skills.
A book at bedtime could help babies to learn more quickly after researchers discovered children soak up the most information before they go to sleep.
Snoozing helps infants to develop their memory and retain new skills, a new study from the University of Sheffield has found.
The researchers say it challenges the belief held by many parents that children are better at learning when they are wide awake and alert.
“Parents receive lots of advice about what they should and shouldn’t do with their baby’s sleep schedule,” said Researcher Dr Jane Herbert, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Psychology.
“This study however examined learning opportunities around naturally occurring naps and shows just how valuable activities like reading books with young children just before they go down to sleep can be.”
For these reasons we not only wanted to give the child a toy that would promote adventure during sleep we created a storybook to go along with the toy to help further child development.