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Reading to our children is one of the most important things we can do for our kids. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently. They also report that children who are read to frequently are more likely to:
--count to 20, or higher than those who were not
-- write their own names
--read or pretend to read

  • The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service.

  • The Educational Testing Services reported that students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores.
If that doesn't make you want to read to your child, I don't know what will. But I will be honest, reading to my son wasn't easy. He was busy, and wasn't all that interested in sitting still long enough for me to read a book. Even short ones. But we made sure all sorts of children's books were available for him to play with and look at, and he finally came around...with one book in particular.

He would have me read "Moo, Baa, La La La" by Sandra Boynton over, and over, and over....and over. For months upon months it was his favorite book. I continued to buy books by Sandra Boynton, and they have continued to be his favorite.
After "Moo, Baa, La La La" he was all about "Blue Hat, Green Hat", and then he moved on to "But Not the Hippopotamus". After that he was all about "What's Wrong, Little Pookie?" and his current favorite is "Fifteen Animals."

The books are fun, help him learn, and keep me entertained as well. So if you are in the market for some new books for your new addition, definitely give these a try. They have also made perfect gifts for friends and family having babies

What are some books that your child just can't live without?

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Anonymous,  August 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM  

Anything by Mo Willems. We love his pigeon books. That, and the big Richard Scarry books - my kids still look for "goldbug" in every page of the cars and trucks book.

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