Books grow up with your kids: children’s library 0 to 3 years of age
There is well-established evidence base to show that the first five years of a child’s life are critical to cognitive, language and emotional development and later life outcomes The enjoyment of reading, in early years, has the greatest positive impact on life outcomes, and creates great bonding time between parents and children
Encouraging your children to read or listen to a story or a fairy tale stimulates their curiosity, and contributes to the development of their personality . Reading is very important for the growth and development of children, even more so if the experience is shared!
Shared reading is very important and is linked to a number of benefits for children. Reading with a parent is different to reading alone, and you can start reading aloud to your children even before they learn to read. From an early age parents can encourage children to leaf through an illustrated book, stimulating their curiosity and interest in books.
Reading books such as fairy tales or other stories from an early age helps children to develop a more open and positive attitude to learning, knowledge and culture.
The books you read to your children depend on the age of the child: for children up to 6 months what counts is listening to Mummy’s or and Daddy’s voice. At this age, read simple rhymes to your baby or sing a lullaby.
From 6 to 12 months you should allow your child to handle the book: at this age books help babies learn about their emotions.
From 12 to 24 months things change and the bond between the child and books becomes stronger. His or skills grow and books become an important tool.
Here is how to make reading part of your daily routine:
- Try to make reading part of your daily routine: special reading time might be before bed or while you are riding the bus.
- When you are reading to your child, make sure there are no distractions like phone calls and television.
- Read with the appropriate tone of voice: talk to your child about the characters, the plot, etc. so they can understand the story.
- Choose the fairy tale or the story to read together: letting them choose what they want to read helps them develop their own interests. The better the book, the more they will enjoy reading it!
- A last word of advice: make reading fun and share these moments to bond with your children!