A recent article in the WSJ The Great Gifts of Reading Aloud
was a nice wake-up call about the importance of reading aloud to children. It made me think what a daunting challenge parents face today to overcome the ubiquitous presence of screen technology.
A dad recently shared with me his personal experience of reading with his four year old son. “I never thought to read and talk to my child about the story. I now realize, the good stuff happens when the story comes to a close and the talk begins.
“Taking to my son about the story opened up a new way for us to be together, sharing our thoughts and feelings. I think I become a better parent in those moments, when I am most open and emotionally available. I realize how relating to ideas in a story are my son ‘s building blocks of imagination, empathy, critical thinking, and creativity—all crucial qualities I want him to cultivate.”
In our fast moving, media-saturated world, reading with our children and talking with them about what matters is more important than ever before.
The recent discovery of a new Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get? is a nice reminder how no one ever outgrows a picture book.In Seuss’s own words—
You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.
And a child never outgrows the love they feel when they are being read to.