Here’s a picture of Dad and me:
Now this led me to think about how important it is for adult to read to kids. To quote one site on the subject, the “single most important activity for building …understandings and skills essential for reading success appears to be reading aloud to children.”
I wanted to get a more “closer to home” remark about this, so I reached out to my friend Arlene Sahraie, Library Services Director of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS).
I asked her, “Why is it important for parents to read to their kids?”
“What greater joy is there than snuggling up with your child and reading with them?” she said.
She said that “from board books for the tiniest babies to picture books and on up to novels, [and] it doesn’t cost a penny but the rewards are priceless. These are the times your children will remember.”
She echoed the other experts and said that, “Reading to kids expands their minds and their vocabularies. Children who are read to learn from an early age that books are important. Studies have shown that they’ll do better in school.” Arlene added that, “Reading helps [children] grow into informed, tolerant, empowered, open-minded adults. That is a great gift to give someone.”
But to go full circle, she spoke not as someone who works in the library system but as a parent.
“Speaking as a parent and a librarian, the most important thing for me has always been talking about the books we read whether at book clubs, story hours, or at home,” she said.
Furthermore, she explained, “Books take children to new worlds – Narnia, Where the Wild Things Are, Avonlea, Mr. McGregor’s Garden – and reading to your child helps them see the world in new and different ways; ways they might never have imagined without books.”
And starting with Sherlock Holmes is a great way to begin!