There’s nothing like the coziness of reading a book together with a child .
Snuggled close, the repetition of the often very familiar words and pictures surround us and become our own private world.
I was so fortunate to read so many books over the holiday week with our 3-year-old grandson, Theo, and those moments resonate with me still.
Most everyone knows the educational value of reading with children of any age. It increases vocabulary, shares knowledge, provides appreciation of words, grows imagination, and the ability to concentrate and retain information.
They say children are made readers on the laps of their parents. (and grandparents!)
But I believe reading also mends and connects us.
When we are in need of a “repair” after a particularly challenging morning, a melt-down tantrum from just “too much”, a missed nap, a difficult exchange, hurt feelings, or” just because” – “let’s read a book together” can heal.
Try it. You’ll feel it working!
So take advantage of the new extended hours at our local library and branches. New books are always welcomed. Old books are like special friends.
“I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.” J.K. Rowling.
And any other time little spirits need to feel the warmth, joy and connection that reading together brings.
A golden opportunity for everyone.