Many (if not most) avid readers first developed their love of books in childhood, under the guidance of a bookish parent. When you grow up with books lovingly read to you every day, it’s easy to carry that joy of reading well into adulthood. And, thankfully, really excellent children’s literature is getting published every day. There are so many books that will turn your kids into lifelong readers, meaning your library card is sure to get a workout.
The benefits of reading to your children from an early age are almost too numerous to name. For one thing, it may set up your kid for success later in life. For example, a 2013 study from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research found that children who are read to regularly seem to develop reading and cognitive skills at a greater rate than children who do not receive this benefit. Spending all those days with books may help your kid have an easier time in school.
With a mix of fresh new picks, as well as classics you probably enjoyed in your own youth, these reads will give your kids a great overview of the many moods literature can inspire. You can go on adventures, share laughter, and make great memories together. Chances are, you and your kids will continue to enjoy reading together for many years to come.