Why is it so important to read aloud to my baby?



Early language and literacy (reading and writing) begins in the first three years of life and is closely linked to children’s earliest experiences with books and stories. Reading aloud combines the benefits of talking, listening and emotional bonding and builds the foundation for language development. Stories provide parents and care teachers with a structure to help them talk aloud to children and listen to their responses. Sharing books with babies and young children is one way to share talk and help develop children’s comprehension and expressive communication as well as their social and literacy skills. In addition to all of these benefits, it’s just a fun way to interact with babies and toddlers! For more information, visit http://www.zerotothree.org