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Top 5 Reasons to Read Aloud to Younger Children

There are oodles of reasons to read aloud, but these are the current top 5 reasons why I read aloud to my 2 year-old:

1. Bonding, quality time together – What better way to spend quality time with my kiddo than to snuggle up on the couch with a few great books and share my love of reading!

2. Calming effect when kids are climbing the walls – Anyone out there have an active child?? Oh yes, books are the great “calmer”. Reading aloud is especially useful before nap time and bed time or any other time when we need to reduce the energy level in the Miller household.

3. Expands basic knowledge of the world(s) – I have been amazed time and again at concepts that appear in children’s books that I either hadn’t thought to point out or discuss or that took the material to a new level of understanding. For example, I love On the Moon‘s real NASA photos (with cartoons added) that show Earth from the moon’s perspective. We’ve talked about the moon since Maddie was a baby, but how do you explain what it’s like on the moon without some visual aids?

On the Moon

4. Expands vocabulary, understanding of language – The beauty of books is that written language is more complex and varied than spoken language. Some self-reflection has made me realize that I tend to use the same sentences and phrases over and over again with my daughter – usually along the lines of “No! Stop that!”  I understand that a lot of repetition is necessary for kids to learn language, but it’s also a good idea to expand their horizons. And lucky day! Books can do that for us without us having to think too much.

5. Foster love of books, learning – I want my daughter to love books and learning as much as I do. ‘Nuff said.

If you read aloud to your children, what are your top reasons?? I’d like to know! Please leave a comment…

Stay tuned for more reasons to read aloud, how-tos, book reviews and whatever else I can think to write about… Read on!

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So… How do you start a blog??

D’oh! I have been a little slow at getting this blog going. And I know there are millions of you out there on the edge of your seats waiting to see what I’ll type next. Sorry about that. You can stop holding your breath now. Breathe. Fresh air is good for you.

Excuse #1: I am a busy mom who works full time and is starting a part-time children’s book business. Oh yeah, I also volunteer on a non-profit board and a city/county commission a little here and there (although not as much as I’d like).

Excuse #2: I have a ton of ideas, but it’s taking me a little longer to actually gather my thoughts and write about each of them. Yes, I’m a blogging newbie or is that a newbie blogger – see, I don’t even know what to call myself. Doubly sorry about that!

So… anyhoo… I am committing to blogging 1-2 times per week for the next 3 months and we’ll see how it goes from there. I am busy and hopefully you’re busy too. This blog is dedicated to busy parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers, friends of kids, and anyone else who cares about children. I intend for most posts to be quick and easy reads for busy people.

Stay tuned for reasons to read aloud to the children in your life, how-tos, ways to make reading aloud more fun for everyone involved, book reviews and more!

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Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my Kids Treasure Books blog!

I’ve never blogged in my life so hopefully I won’t make too much of a bumbling fool of myself!

So why blog now? Well…

My friend Martha and I recently became Independent Consultants with Usborne Books & More and over the past few months (through the training provided by Usborne) I’ve learned a ton about children’s books, reading aloud, and how to help foster a lifelong love of learning. I am the mother of a two year-old and I want my daughter to love reading and learning as much as her mom and dad, but I’ve realized that there are plenty of things we can be doing better as parents.

So… I feel the need to share what I’ve learned (so far) so that others might also benefit. And I hope to continue learning and sharing through this blog and I hope you will join me. Please share your tips too!

We should all care about the education and literacy of our children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews and our neighbors’ children – truly they are our future!

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