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The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Child and Books to Curl up

Studies show that there are many benefits to reading aloud to your children, including the promotion of cognitive, social, emotional, language, and literacy skills, as well as helping to diminish some problem behaviors, such as aggression, attention deficits, and hyperactivity.  These benefits have long-lasting effects that carry over into all areas of the child’s life, and researchers state that children as young as newborns begin reaping the benefits. Here are a few recommendations of books to cozy up with as a family in the coming weeks.

Picture Books: 

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister:

Full of beautiful, whimsical illustrations about the importance of sharing.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram:

A heartwarming story about a parent’s love for their child.

Ellie by Mike Wu

Ellie the elephant overcomes self doubt to discover her hidden talent for art.

Books for Older Kids:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio:

A young boy with a facial deformity enters public school for the first time and overcomes challenges, makes friends, gains confidence, and discovers his own value.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White:

A piglet forms an unlikely friendship with a spider and all the animals learn to work together and value each other’s differences and unique talents.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster:

A young boy overcomes boredom in a fantastical world of knowledge and learning.


Written by: Elizabeth Horsch, COTAL

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