We read to our kids because it’s fun and educational. Reading aloud is a parental privilege and responsibility. Establishing and maintaining routines and finding the best books take purposeful work. It’s work that pays off.
Pre-school vocabulary is the best indicator of future academic success. To build strong vocabularies, kids must have exposure to many and varied words. Toddlers learn 10 words a day, and school-aged children learn 5+ words a day, if they’re getting the input they need.
Books are filled with words we don’t use in daily conversation. Reading aloud allows us to fill our kids’ ears with novel vocabulary, nourishing their growing brains. It’s never too early to start.
“Book Blog” is a list of speech-language-pathologist-reviewed-and-recommended picture books. These are the best of the best. Jen reviews thousands of picture books in search of the precious few that check all important the boxes. To be recommended, a book must:
◊ engage listeners AND read-alouders
◊ nourish exploration with affirmative, non-commercial presentation
◊ contain BIG WORDS!