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Baby Bookworms: The benefits of reading to toddlers

In honour of world Book Day tomorrow, we look at why it is so helpful to introduce your little ones to reading as early as possible.

It exercises the brain – Studies have shown that reading to children at a young age stimulates a specific part of their brains... a boost which may just help them succeed later on in life.

It fosters creativity – Introducing your child to wonderful stories and colourful characters nurtures their own imagination and increases their sense of what’s possible in the world.

It expands their horizons – Reading is not just a fun activity, it can also teach children valuable skills about things in life they may yet have experienced: other cultures for example, or lessons in kindness, empathy and equality.

It develops language skills – It may be tedious for you as an adult when a child asks for the same book over and over, but that repetition is vital in developing their vocabulary as they pick up words which perhaps aren’t used often in day-to-day life.

It sets them up for success – School can be an intimidating experience, but already having a basic grasp of reading can be hugely beneficial in helping build your child’s confidence at school.

It forges a bond – It’s funny how a 10-minute ritual can become the most important part of not only their day, but yours as well. Snuggling up with a book and sharing a story together is relaxing, entertaining and is a precious bonding experience for parent and child; and if your little one is very lucky, it may also be the start of a lifelong love affair with books.

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