If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales - Albert Einstein The importance of reading or being read to from an early childhood is undeniable. It develops imagination and provides great understanding at an early age. Reading out loud to young children is hugely beneficial.
It is said that children learn best with warm engaging interactions with those closest to them.
And as far as long term effects are concerned, it certainly follows them to school leading to readiness, language development, problem-solving, thinking skills, vocabulary among other things. Reading is also set to help the child develop empathy because they are putting themselves into the characters they are reading about, decrease disruptive behaviour in school and increase attention span.
Even at home, reading helps bring families together as it is a time to bond and connect. There is no time too soon to start reading. It is often encouraged to expecting mothers to start reading to their unborn child as the baby hears them in the womb and certainly after birth it becomes more exciting. Having said that, books that you read to your kids certainly depends on the age, interest and maturity of the child. For example, for 0-6 month old babies, books with very limited words and pictures having different textures so that they can touch and feel are recommended
As they get older, small story books, pop up books and books on topics that interest them are essential. Reading to your children every night is essential as with time it becomes a routine and they look forward to that time of the day.
You might start with just a few minutes but as the child gets older the time may also increase. There are a huge selection of books for kids that are available in the market. Here are our top 10 - 1. Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony 2. Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen 3. The frogs and their monster by GurumayiChidvilasanada 4. Circle by Mac Barnett 5. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers 6. Princess Easy Pleasy by Natasha Sharma 7. The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr 8. Excuse me is this India? by Anushka Ravishankar 9. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt 10. Tiger on the Tree by Anushkha Ravishankar