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Reading and Early Childhood Development

 Did you know that there is a strong link between reading and early childhood development? If you have visited our Facebook page, you will have seen many posts about reading to babies and children.  This is because reading is so important to their development.

Reading books aloud to babies, infants and children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world.  It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it’s still important for you to read aloud together.

Early Childhood Development

Reading aloud to babies and to children:

  • helps your child get to know sounds, words and language
  • helps your child develop early literacy skills
  • sparks your child’s imagination and stimulates curiosity
  • helps develop your child’s brain, ability to focus, concentration, social skills, and communication skills.

“You Really Can’t Read Too Much to Your Child.”

Children are born with a love of language.
They learn words by listening to you and mimicking what you say, right from their earliest days. Talking, singing and reading to your child builds their vocabulary and talking and listening skills. Reading every day with your child helps their brains develop and strengthens family bonds.

Resources on Reading and Early Childhood Development

Alberta Health Services

Simple, everyday interactions – like reading together – help your child’s brain develop.  Read this from Healthy Parents Healthy Children. It explains how reading helps the developing brain.

Calgary Reads

Calgary Reads is a Calgary-based non-profit that has been advocating for early literacy and distributing books to children since 2001. You will find many resources on the Calgary Reads Website

Little Red Reading House is a two-story house in a historic Calgary neighbourhood. It’s a place you can visit so children can experience the joy of reading in an environment created for that sole purpose.

Calgary Reads Little Red Reading Club

You can join on Facebook.

Other resources

Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation
Talking, singing and sharing books is one of the most effective and fun ways to help ensure our little ones do the best they can when they get to school and throughout life. Tips and Resources

Early Words program
Words grow a child’s world. Early words can help make it even bigger. Early Words is a Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation program that connects health professionals with resources. The program recognizes the importance of reading and early childhood development.

Today’s Parent

There’s more to story time than just reading the words on the page. Help your kids learn new vocabulary and develop empathy and self-control with these expert tips.

Please note. If you would like a copy of this page with all the resources, download the pdf Resources on Reading to Children

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