It turns out this week was a big week for celebrating reading: March 4th was World Read Aloud Day, and March 5th was World Book Day! If you’ve been here long enough, you know that we’re a big fans of reading to our kids. We have a pretty extensive library of children’s books, from baby board books to longer stories, and now chapter books for Claire.
Claire has loved reading from day one. Even as a tiny infant, she loved listening to books. Heidi didn’t have much patience for reading in the early days, but in the last few months, she has grown to really love story time. In fact, sometimes I’ll find her by the book shelf, flipping through books on her own.
Why is a culture of reading to our kids important? When we read to our kids from a young age, they develop a love for reading and storytelling. Reading aloud to our kids grows their curiosity, builds their vocabulary, and encourages their interest in learning. Plus, it’s a fun way to unwind, relax, and enjoy some quiet time with our children. We read aloud to our kids before every nap, and at bedtime every day! Here are a few interesting stats about reading and childhood development:
- Reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not have books read to them daily, regardless of parental income, education level or cultural background. (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research)
- If all children in low-income countries left school literate, 171 million people could move out of poverty. (World Literacy Foundation)
- Poorly-literate individuals are less likely to participate in democratic processes and have fewer chances to fully exercise their civil rights (UNESCO)
- A literate and educated girl is three times less likely to acquire AIDS, she will earn at least 25% more income, and she will produce a smaller, healthier family. (UNESCO)*
* Statistics from litworld.org.