For as long as I can remember, reading has been one of my favorite things to do. I have great memories of my mom reading to me as a child. Many of these early memories involve sitting around listening to my mom read my favorite “chapter books”.
Fostering a love of reading is one of the best things we can do for our children. It is never too early to start reading with your child.
Reading to infants and toddlers encourages their language development and allows for parent-child bonding in a wonderful way.
Reading to children requires that we set aside other things and focus on our child and a book. This alone creates a special time for a multi-tasking parent. Looking at pictures and pointing out objects helps children learn new words.
Often young children request the same book over and over again. This is a great thing (though sometimes tiresome), because it helps with memorization and fluency and leads to enthusiasm about reading and stories.
Continuing to read with children after they learn to read themselves further encourages their desire to read and learn. Allowing children to read aloud to you improves reading skills and pronunciation. At the end of the day, reading together is a nice way to wind down before bed. It doesn’t take long, but a few minutes of reading with your child each day is one of the best things you can do for his or her development and your relationship.
Favorite books that doctors in our practice have enjoyed with their children:
Current favorites for my 9 month old: Peek-a-Who and Baby’s First 100 Words (the pictures are bold and clear and she gets to bang on the book while I name the pictures).
Dr. King’s family has enjoyed Goodnight Moon when the girls were young, The Texas Chili Monster and Treasure Island as the girls reached grade school, and now The Warriors series by Erin Hunter.
The Cardwell family has enjoyed reading the Harry Potter series and is now into The Lord of the Rings series.
Dr. Mathew is currently reading the Harry Potter series with her two kids (they are now on book 4!). As a kid, she loved every Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume book.
The Cedar Park Pediatric & Family Medicine clinics are currently supporting the Leander ISD “Summer Reading for All” Book Drive. This year, the district has a special need for new and gently used books of all genres for 6th – 12th graders. Find out more about how you can donate on our website.