Emotional Rewards of Reading Aloud: 2 Years Old

2-year-old reading a book

Your child is now two—or as some have referred to it: the "terrible twos." But don't despair! As with every stage in child development, each offers something exciting and new. And (just like your little one) each stage can be wonderful and amazing in its own way. The emotional rewards of reading … [Read more...]

Emotional Rewards of Reading to Your Baby: 6—12 Months

Baby looking at a book with mom

As your baby goes from being stationary to becoming more mobile and alert, reading aloud offers significant emotional benefits to your child. Reading gives your little crawler, cruiser, or walker an excuse to rest and cuddle at different points in the day. This can help your child come to regard … [Read more...]

Emotional Rewards of Reading to Your Baby from Birth

Baby cuddling with mom and a book

Reading to your baby right from birth can have profound emotional benefits for your little one. And it's never too early to start. Babies thrive on routine and habit. It’s a perfect time to introduce reading as a habitual activity. Helps associate stories with bedtime or naptime, so sharing a … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Make Favorite Books Stand Out

Boy looking at favorite books

My Story My wife had this idea for our wedding. First, we scoured the city and bought 100 or so copies of our favorite books. Then, we embossed them with the words "Dan and Andrea's Wedding" and used them as centerpieces at the tables. At the end of the festivities, guests each left with a copy of … [Read more...]

The Power of Books in the Home

Sisters reading at home

Can simply having more books in the house predict your child's academic future? Does the actual number of books make a difference? An interesting study of households around the world provides some insight—and showcases the power of books, and why strong reading skills can be a jump-start to academic … [Read more...]

Summer Reading

As many of you know, I am the youngest of nine children, and that ranking comes with many, many nieces and nephews. Last year around this time, my oldest nephew graduated from high school and left for the Air Force Academy, while one of my nieces graduated from kindergarten. This year it's another … [Read more...]