Next time you visit your baby’s doctor, you may get a somewhat surprising prescription: Reading.
Yes, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently recommended that doctors encourage parents to read aloud to children every day starting as early as birth(!) and continuing up until kindergarten and beyond.
How reading helps children
According to the AAP report, reading aloud to babies and young kids is one of the most effective ways to foster early literacy skills. And early, consistent parent-child reading is a key factor responsible for eventual reading success.
But not enough kids are reading
Also according to the report, more than one third of children in the USA start kindergarten unequipped with the literacy skills they need.
We’re big readers at our house, but still. This is a wakeup call.
We read several books aloud with Griffin every night before bedtime. But our squirrely seven-month old Paloma? Not so much. But that’s about to change – both because of this study, and because she’s just getting old enough to engage with a book.
So it’s time to dust off some of our best baby books, including the titles listed below.
20 best baby books for your little one’s first library