Sunday, November 28, 2010

Read Early, Read Often

When is it too soon to read to your little one? Never! Of course, your new baby cannot really understand the content of books you read to her. But you are teaching her something else. You are introducing her to the unique experience of being read to. She can pick up the cadence of your voice. Like a lullaby, she might just find it calming. You are creating a reassuring feeling of connection as you hold her. And it is never too soon to offer her that gift.

34 comments:

  1. This is so true! As soon as my daughter was born I was reading to her. Now that she is ten she is one of the top readers in her fifth grade class. I also believe in introducing children to languages early, and right now my daughter is learning Spanish through a very fun and engaging read by Matthew Gollub called, Jazz Fly 2. The book and Latin jazz cd invites kids to chant 40 Spanish words and phrases, including “pachanga” (in the book’s title), which means “dance party.” My daughter is really getting a lot out it.

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    Madeline

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  3. VERY true..not only from my own experience, but it was discussed a lot in a certain college class I was in. I need to get back to reading to mine more, thanks for the conviction! (really!) I'm following you back as well

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  4. It is so easy to lose the momentum of a routine, but it is also easy to recapture it . . . and so rewarding, too! Let me know how it goes.

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  5. I couldn't agree more! We started reading to our twins very early on, and once they started walking, we kept a lot of their books in a basket on the floor so that they could get to them whenever they wanted. They always grabbed books and brought them to us, asking us to read them even before they could really say "book".

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  6. Every nigut before bed, we read and before naps too. Not only is it educational it's extra time when I can snuggle with my busy toddler. Selfish? Maybe ;)

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  7. Yes, Elizabeth, I agree that by making the books something they love, your twins completely "got" that books are something special and they value them.

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  8. Kimberly,
    Totally! How often do we get to have that sweet closeness as they get busy? I say go for it!

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  9. I agree. I would actually read to my womb, lol. Dr Suess's Oh Baby, the Places we'll go! During my reading time, she would actually move around. I even played classical music and put the earphones over my belly. She would go nuts, lol.

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  10. I am your newest follower from "Follow Me Back Tuesday" and I absolutely love your blog! I am a reading fanatic and read to my toddler every night and she loves it. What a great site you have!

    Melissa
    http://thechroniclesofarookiemom.blogspot.com/

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  11. Hi Madeline! You have such an adorable blog in here! I am now following you thanks to Follow Me Back Tuesday and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog:)
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  12. I've read to my son since the day we brought him home! And he LOVES being read to now (at 2 years old).

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'm following back!

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  13. This post is right on. I started reading to my boys around six weeks old, and they are both in honors (and one boy earned perfect scores on the statewide tests). Reading to babies and kids is so very important.

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  14. Stopping from the Bloggy Moms Blog Hop! I read to JDaniel from the day he was born. He now sits and picture walks the same books I read to him. I think it has helped his vocabulary and background experiences.

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  15. I love to hear all these confirmations! Thank you for your dedication to literacy and for sharing your experiences with me.

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  16. Hi! Thanks for your words on reading, so important! I am following from the Hump Day blog hop, hope you will come and visit us back at www.justmarriedwithcoupons.com

    Have a lovely Wednesday!

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  17. I read to my babies from the time I was pregnant... yes pregnant! They are book lovers and we enjoy sharing good books we have read. Thank you for stopping by my blog, I am following you back.
    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

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  18. I was just talking about this today. Reading to my kids has been a blessing. I love it. Great little post.

    I'm new to the whole "blog" thing, so I post this after each response. I hope you don't mind.

    Draven Ames
    http://dravenames.blogspot.com/

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  19. Thank you all for your comments!
    Madeline

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  20. So TRUE... Baby E is in love with books and now holds them open and bables- as though she is reading out loud! I cant wait to hear her actually doing it.

    Following from BlogFrog!

    Ro @ Randomroro.blogspot.c

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  21. Hi, I am stopping by from Thursday Blog Hop! I am now following you and look forward to reading more of your blog! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  22. I am your newest follower from the blog hop. Please follow me as well. Thank you.

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  23. Do you suggest any books for newborns in particular? I have a 3 month old and would like to build a collection of books for her.

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  24. Let me come up with a list for you!

    Madeline

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  25. I have to totally agree on this. I started reading to my kids since birth and both my kids love books. They are still too young to read but they do enjoying flipping pages and babbling as if they can read.

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  26. Thanks for stopping by and following me! I'm following you too.
    Songberries

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  27. I wish I was less intimidated when T was that young. Thanks for stopping by http://www.Blogger Broadcast.com

    I am following your blog. :-)

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  28. It also helps create a soothing ritual that will stick with kids. Reading with my kids when they were babies before bedtime turned into reading when they were toddlers and then reading when they were in elementary school.

    My kids are older now and you will still find them reading before they go to sleep!

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  29. I read with kids and I always loved it when my mom read to me.

    Fellow Blog Hopper:)

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  30. Hi- I can tell I'm going to love your blog! I'll add your button to my blog at: http://familyliteracyandyou.blogspot.com

    My blog is dedicated to encouraging strong family relationships through reading and playing together and giving to others. I also do book reviews/giveaways.

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  31. Wonderful!
    Found you through the December Blog Hop! Happy to be following you!

    Anna, The Pilot's Wife
    www.pilotwife.blogspot.com

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  32. I love reading to my little ones and now my little guy is really interested in books. I am so happy for that! I couldn't agree more that it is never too early. I was reading to them when I was pregnant, too.

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  33. I have not been as good about reading to my kids as I could have been, but I love that they are so amazed by books - even without me making them a daily routine.

    I love listening to my 2 year old "read" the books back to me, and my 6 year old has had a huge leap in the past few months and has really improved his reading skills. It's really fun to see.

    I am a new follower from Mom's Got Blog.

    Daria @ Mom in Management.

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What I think . . .

There are all kinds of readers. Some—like my daughter and me—are never without a book to read for pleasure. Others—like my son—are careful, analytical, and curious readers who read primarily to seek information from the page.


No matter what kind of reader your child becomes, you can help him or her get started. After all, you are your child’s first teacher. And, best of all, you can have some fun in the process.


Please feel free to share your own ideas. Tell me about ways you've enjoyed reading with your child.


Madeline Boskey, Ph.D.