Story Time

 


Books.  I love books.  The feel of a book, the smell of a book, the colors – they all mold together to create this wonderful adventure.  When I was a little girl, I didn’t always get a toy when we went to the store, but I could always get a book.  I remember getting my first dictionary when I was in Kindergarten and my mom showing me how to use it.  All those words and pictures – it was so much fun!

Reading to children opens up a world of opportunities.  Stories are full of excitement and adventure.  These stories build on your child’s imagination and promote language development and literacy skills.

Reading to your child every day and having them see you reading are beneficial because:

  • Children learn to love books by watching their parents read
  • Reading aloud is fun for children
  • Reading aloud teaches children a great deal about words and the world around them
  • Reading allows children to learn about and pursue their personal interests and passions
  • Hearing stories about other children helps develop a sense of empathy
  • Reading exposes children to a variety of cultures and places
  • Books create connections between everyday situations (such as going to the dentist)
  • Books encourage pretend play
  • Reading together creates a special bond between parents and their children

I know books can be expensive.  Libraries are great resources.  Their children’s book section is wonderful and many libraries even offer a children’s story hour.  Visit the Memphis City Libraries to learn more about their programs for children.

Another program you might want to check out is the Books from Birth program.  This is a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  This program provides free books to children from birth to age 5.  Each month, your child will receive a free book mailed to your house.    Since 2005, the Books from Birth program has provided books to more than 60,000 children in Shelby County.

Books are important tools to have in your house and your child’s room.  Take some time to read with your child – it will create wonderful memories for both of you.

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