Dear Parents, Family & Friends,

Just as healthy food and activity builds strong bodies, sharing good quality picture books builds healthy minds – and healthy relationships between adults and children.

Reading aloud to children is a pleasurable and highly engaging activity, in and of itself, and also can lead to school success.

From birth, babies are natural learners. Their curious minds absorb more between the ages of two months and four years than at any other time in their lives.

Sharing a book with your child – and interacting with the words and pictures creates a bond between the two of you  - and develops visual and verbal literacy, increases vocabulary, teaches story grammar, and nurtures the imagination.

Frequent book-sharing promotes the idea that learning from books is as routine as other daily family activities. It only takes fifteen minutes most days to establish the pattern.

Links to other organizations that provide information on reading and literacy:

mom & baby reading