Every parent knows that reading to your kids is beneficial for so many reasons. For one, kids love books, so reading to them makes for some great parent-child bonding. But it also helps build the foundation for literacy and promote a love for reading, setting them up for success in the future. So, when are kids ready to start learning to read on their own? There are some signs your child is ready to read, according to child literacy experts, and it can help you get them started on a fulfilling, lifelong hobby of reading. I checked in with early childhood literacy specialist and kindergarten teacher in New York City, Brooke Rogosin, as well as teacher, literacy expert, and writer for the blog Living for the Sunshine, Cindy Hemming, to see when kids are ready to learn to read and how parents can set their kids up for reading success.
As a parent, it's easy to see that kids love books. Even when they don't know how to read, kids enjoy just flipping through the pages of their favorite books, getting lost in the pictures or in their own version of the story — which they will very proudly "read" to you and it's the absolute most adorable thing. I began bringing my son to our local library as a baby to let him explore the kid's section unrestricted and today, as a 5-year-old, it's still one of his favorite places. Books are like candy to my kid and as a daughter of a professional librarian, I'm sure my mom couldn't be more proud. Now my son is in kindergarten and he's reading. Like, really reading whole entire books. There's no question that literacy is one of the most important skills a child will ever learn because it opens so many doors for them and their future. So how do you know if they're ready to take on that new and exciting adventure? Timing can be important, so here are the signs you should be looking for.