I LOVE reading to my kids. Do you? Sure, there are all kinds of educational benefits. Reading with your kids increases their vocabulary, helps them recognized words, and creates an interest in reading. But, I love reading with my kids because it’s FUN. I think it also helps us build better relationships. At the end of a very bad day when you and your kids are arguing and feelings are hurt, snuggling and reading together heals all wounds. (Chocolate does too, but that’s another post.) It helps us to not go to bed mad. When you find a good book, it’s fun to share the experience and have something to talk about at the dinner table.
My kids love to read with their grandparents, too. It brings them closer together to share a good story and spend quiet time together.
I wrote an article on the Power of a Bedtime Story for Patch.com this week. You’ll find great storytelling tips from Mo Willems, the author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Nili Yelin, the very entertaining Storybook Mom, that make reading together even more fun. There’s also a list of my family’s favorite Toddler Bedtime Stories. I’m sure you’re dying to know what made our list, so check it out.
Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine just published their list of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids. Did your favorite make the list?
What books do you like to read with your kids?
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