You already know about the studies and statistics that show how important it is to read to your child. But don’t let all that serious talk fool you. Reading with your kids can be a hoot! “What matters most is that you’re together, sharing special time with words and images,” says Francie Alexander, vice president and chief academic officer at Scholastic. There are probably as many ways to bond with your baby over books as there are old Cheerios on your kitchen floor, so relax. Get your silly on and enjoy!
Get Up Close and Personal
Reading together gives your child a chance to have your undivided attention. The more affectionate and intimate you make the experience, the more your child will cherish it. Not all children will nestle in your lap. Some prefer stories during bath time or bedside stories. Just the sound of your voice and eye contact go a long way toward a great reading experience.
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