‘A treasure trove of benefits’
Reading 1,000 books may seem like a lot, but if families read one book a day, they’ll reach 1,000 books in three years. That time can prove invaluable.
In their “Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years” book, authors Susan Hall and Louisa Moats say when a caregiver reads a lot, a child:
• develops background knowledge on a variety of topics;
• builds vocabulary;
• develops a familiarity with story structure;
• and identifies reading as a pleasurable activity.
Even if it’s just 15 minutes, the program allows parents to get some quality time with their children and provides a chance for adults to escape the stresses of the real world.
“So much of our world today is in constant motion, and we don’t slow down like we should,” says Dr. Marie Kellett with Family First Health. “Getting a book into a child’s hands is still so important and can really change outcomes.”