When it comes to choosing great books for your preschooler, there are a few things to keep in mind—the length of book (not too long!), colorful, fun illustrations, and story lines that hold their attention and have them begging for more. Parenting expert and founder of the advice sharing network Kinsights, Jennifer Chung, is excited to share her favorite preschool books with you. And her very own “at-home book critic” gives them two thumps-up! Reading books together as a family creates warm, loving memories your kids will remember forever. As well, reading to your kids now helps instill a lifelong love of reading! Here are a few reasons to start reading with your child as early as possible.
- Understanding of language. Research has shown that the most important thing a parent can do to help their child learn and understand language is to read to them. Have them repeat certain words and phrases back as you read aloud. It helps them gain a stronger grasp of pronunciation, rhythm of speech, and builds self-confidence in their speaking voice.
- Good quality one-on-one time with your child. When you read to or with your child, you are in close proximity building a bond and strengthening the friendship and love between the two of you. You touch your child more, give your child more affection, share more nonverbal communication, and you are creating memories that will stay with them into adulthood.
- It opens the lines of communication. Whether it simply starts a conversation with a child that is difficult to relate to, or it allows you to tackle some of the tougher topics involved in the stages of growing up, reading together opens those lines and gets the conversation flowing. When you read together, you become a safe person to ask questions to and get advice from, and your child will look to you as a leader and example to follow.
- It keeps you in touch with your children. When your kids are young, you will choose the books, but as they grow old enough, let them decide what you read to them. The stories may be simple and you may have read them a million times, but letting your child chose will allow you to stay tuned into subjects that they like, and not to mention what they are reading. You will have more to relate to and a better idea of their interests and what is going on in their life. It can help you connect with them on a different level as you learn more about what inspires them as an individual.
Some preschool reading favorites:
Bear Snores On – Such a sweet story! The illustrations are beautifully done.
Good Night Gorilla – A book that’s easy to fall in love with a great story line. An all-time favorite!
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