family reading

When was the last time you picked up a book?

If you haven’t done it in a while, consider this:

  • Warren Buffett has read for 5-6 hours a day for years
  • Oprah has called reading her “personal path to freedom”
  • And Bill Gates reportedly reads 50 books a year

(Find other great statistics about reading). But here’s the thing: the benefits aren’t only for adults.

If you can get your kids reading early, you’ll be giving them a leg up in life. So, try a read aloud or set a timer for each family member to read. Read by a cozy fire in the winter and on a comfy bench outside when you can. And discuss your favorite books with your kids. You’ll love how all the reading opens your minds to new ideas and dreams.

And, if you’re wondering how to help your youngest children read, I’ve answered a few common questions below.

Why are books important for toddlers?

While it sometimes seems that toddlers aren’t interested, all kids benefit from read-alouds at an early age.

First, reading with your child strengthens your parent-child bond. It builds your relationship. And if reading is part of a regular routine, it helps your child feel secure as well.

See great 2 year old books here >>

How do you start reading to a toddler?

Getting a squirmy toddler to sit for a book can be difficult. But have no fear!

Here are a few easy tips to help:

  • Don’t always make your toddler sit. (Be ok with letting them roam freely as you read. It may seem as though they’re not listening, but they still benefit from hearing the words)
  • Choose short books that flow easily (all of the books on this list!)
  • Let kids turn the pages
  • Make it part of a regular routine. Whether it’s morning or night. When your toddler knows what to expect, it will be easier for everyone to enjoy reading together.

In Conclusion

In my house, a love for reading has flourished as my kids have grown. And it’s wonderful to see them using their imagination, learning, and believing in new possibilities.