Please enjoy this expert advice on reading to your children (in bed!) from my friend and favorite psychologist - Dr. Stacey Bromberg and her colleague, Dr. Joe Taravella.
Reading aloud to your baby is a critical component of bonding and growth, building a connection between you and your baby, If reading together begins at an early age, children begin to associate books with happiness and a love of reading and learning; this is especially true when reading is done at bedtime, snuggled together, where books and reading become associated with a sense of security and safety. There is even some evidence that reading in bed with your child reduces stress hormones!
Top Reasons to Read Aloud:
- teaches a baby about communication- builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
- provides an opportunity for stress reduction and connection
- introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
- builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
- gives babies information about the world around them
- fosters social and emotional development and promotes thinking skills
When and How to Read
Set aside time each day to read with your baby. Focus on pages that you and your baby enjoy exploring, rather than finishing the book. Cuddling while you read helps your baby feel safe and connected to you. Read with expression, pitching your voice higher or lower and using different voices for different characters. Babies learn from repetition, so you can read the same books over and over. Board books make page turning easier for infants.
What to Read – The Importance of Diversity
One of the best ways you can ensure that your little one grows up to be a reader is to have different kinds of books around your house. The stories you read in books are a way to experience and discuss all sorts of feelings and situations. Children’s books can act like both mirrors and windows into the world, .reflecting on their own lives and providing an opportunity to learn about someone else’s. Exposure to diversity at a young age provides a strong foundation for success navigating our diverse world and reducing prejudices and stereotypes.
Top Reasons to Read Diverse Books:
- introduces a range of experiences and situations
- promotes respect and appreciation of differences
- provides diverse role models and inspiration
June is PRIDE month, and it is an opportunity to educate and expose our children to the beauty of diversity and to celebrate our differences and uniqueness. Below are the books we wrote for ages 0-5 to support early understanding of the different ways families can look and the common thread of love. Snuggle up and enjoy!
Links to Dr. Stacey & Dr. Joe’s Hugs of Three series book:
To learn more about the authors, please see www.forwardfootsteps.com