Born To Read: The Reading Ritual

by |  April 15th, 2014
Dr_ Ari Brown and Evan Smith BookSpringEncouraging your child to enjoy reading is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. The best way to build this is to read to them. Doing so will increase their vocabulary, their cognitive skills, their listening skills and their imagination.  Kids whose parents read to them daily have better language skills and are more prepared for kindergarten and beyond.

Added bonus: Reading with your child is a really great way to bond with your baby. Babies like to be held, they like to hear your voice and the different sounds you make when you tell a story.

When should you start?As soon as you can! Babies even a couple of weeks old are learning. They are developing language skills right out of the womb.

So, set aside 30 minutes of reading time daily!

I recently spoke at the annual fundraiser for a non-profit organization close to my heart—BookSpring in Austin. They provide reading resources for the community and spread awareness of readings’ benefits by reaching out to those closest to the children. Why? In the words of their executive director Joan Wabschall, children become readers on the laps of their parents.

So while babies aren’t born readers, they are born learners. Encourage learning…start a reading ritual.

A few of our favorite authors for newborns to age one…

  • Margaret Wise Brown (Good Night Moon, Runaway Bunny, etc.)
  • Eric Carle (Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, etc)
  • Sandra Boynton (Moo, Baa, La, La, La, Barnyard Dance, etc)

Ari Brown, MD

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Dr. Ari Brown founded 411 Pediatrics and After Hours Care in Austin after two decades of education and experience in child development, behavioral pediatrics and pediatric healthcare. Our pediatric associates, consisting of pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and lactation consultants, share a common goal. We partner with parents to help children grow up healthy, happy, and resilient!

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