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A Week of Read-Alouds, A Lifetime of Success

“Just one more story…PLEEEEEASE!” They’re the words you’ve been dreading since you were halfway through the first book. “No,” you say. You’re exhausted and if you have to read [insert child’s favorite story here] one more time, you might “accidentally” drop that book out the window before tomorrow’s bedtime.

But there are several reasons that you might want to say yes to that second, third, fourth…or fifth bedtime book. That’s right, close that window.

According to Betty Bardige in her book Talk to Me, Baby!, “Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory.”[i] Furthermore, reading aloud is a strong predictor of reading success. And that reading success has even larger ramifications—a strong reader is more likely to succeed in school and in the workplace.

While all those facts can sound intimidating, the message is straightforward and positive: read aloud to your child every day and s/he will reap the benefits!

Not sure where to start? Tired of your current read-aloud rotation? Here are our suggestions for a week’s worth of read-alouds:

School-Time Monday: Clark the Shark

Friendship Tuesday: Here Comes Trouble!

Being Nice Wednesday: Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

Imagination Thursday: If I Built a House

Wind-Down Friday: The Sleepy Little Alphabet

Weekend Fun!: Hilarious Favorites Pack

[i] Bardige, B. Talk to Me, Baby! (2009), Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

 

 

Bio about Author: Emma is the merchandising coordinator for the Preschoolers and Kindergartners Reading Club catalogs. Her favorite read-aloud when she was younger was Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

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