Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

Bedtime Reading

A few months ago, I wrote here about one of our newest programs for very young children, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. It was also featured in the March – May issue of LINK, our quarterly newsletter.

Since we launched this program, several people from around the community have commented to me that 1,000 is sure a lot of books; they wonder if it is reasonable. In most cases, their children are grown. As the conversation continues and they remember reading to their children at bedtime, remember reading several books a night, they then realize 1,000 books is indeed reasonable.

With bedtime in mind as a frequent time to read to your children, I recently saw a list of “twenty benefits of bedtime stories.” Reading to young children can make a profound difference in the lives of children as books are shared as part of a regular bedtime routine.

Here are just a few of the reminders of the importance and benefits:

  • Reduces stress
  • Makes bedtime easier, more enjoyable, and something to look forward to
  • Helps a child feel special and loved as they share quality time
  • Builds a bond and opens avenues of communication
  • Encourages reading
  • Builds a child’s vocabulary
  • Fosters imagination
  • Improves creativity
  • Expands the child’s world
  • Creates memories

Read to your children, encourage parents and caregivers you know to read to theirs. The benefits to parent and child are immeasurable.

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AnnR

Comments

Thank you, Ann, for these reminders about the benefits of participating in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.
Very nice post. Thank you for sharing
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