Encouraging reading is so important, whether it’s reading to your children and encouraging children to read on their own.
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 them 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 they are seeing and thinking, and help them understand the patterns of language.
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 them.
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.
Library visits are a great way to encourage reading. You can borrow great children’s books for free from your local library. This means you can have lots of books in your home for your child to explore – and it won’t cost you a cent. Libraries also offer Story Time and activities for young children. Going along to these sessions is a way to help your child become familiar with the library, have fun and enjoy books and stories. To find your local library visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/libraries
Online bookstores are another way to encourage reading. Australia’s local bookstore Booktopia have a wide selection of children’s books which can be purchased as a hard copy or as an ebook. Visit www.booktopia.com.au to see the full range.
As you help your kids appreciate the magic of reading, you’ll find that there’s a whole wonderful world full of children’s literature out there that YOU can enjoy too.