In September we celebrated Book Week: escape to everywhere. This is always a wonderful opportunity for us to take a moment to think about the importance of books and reading in the lives of children today.
According to Mem Fox, author of Possum Magic, “If parents understood the huge educational benefit and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent – and every adult caring for a child – read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in their lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation.”
Research has shown that if a child has been read to aloud from a very early age, it will not only help with brain development and speech skills, but also bonding, which helps in other developmental areas. In education, reading success at primary school is a great indicator of school success and reading is the first and most important literacy a child can develop from an early age.