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The Importance of Reading with Kids


The following is a guest post by the lovely Judy from Coffs Harbour Library.


Read together with your children – it’s better than just talking.

Children learn through what they see & hear, and through the many experiences we provide, and a wonderful experience to share with children is to read a book together.  It is never too early to start – and it is never too late to start either!

Reading to children through infancy and early childhood can improve language skills and foster literacy development.  Reading and sharing a story promotes creativity and curiosity, which in turn boosts educational outcomes as children develop.

Reading exposes children to a wide range of words, with picture books having around 70 percent more unique words than we use in conversation.  Regular conversation is limited to the here and now, whereas books can take us on a journey within real or imagined worlds with no boundaries or limits to the sounds and images we can share.

Through books, we not only share the language, rhythms & rhymes of the story, but we share the artistic value as well.  With so many picture books, and beautifully illustrated information books available through the library, there is always something new to enjoy.

Bringing a book home at the end of a busy day is a good way to bring a ‘book habit’ into the home. Take time out to sit and share a story – just 10 minutes a day. It is an opportunity to share values, experiences and dreams with your children, and at the same time, instil in them a lifelong opportunity to enjoy wonderment and discovery through the world of reading.

  • During the first two years of life 75% of brain development occurs.
  • Reading a book is an easy way to have regular additional talking time together.
  • Talking, listening, singing and sharing books together is one of life’s simple pleasures and stimulates learning.
  • Songs and rhymes are especially good for children as the rhythms and repetition makes it easier to develop language skills.
  • Pictures and book characters are a great topic of conversation
  • Books provide your child with a source of new varied vocabulary.
  • There is a direct correlation between spoken vocabulary and ease of learning to read.

Check out the specialist collection of picture books at the library

or make the most of our online reading and picture book resources



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