Ah yes, the second installment of the "Worth Reading" Series!
A colleague and friend in the same field I am in drew my attention to this book a few years ago, and it is widely regarded by people who work with children:
"Reading Magic" is the name of the book, by Mem Fox.
The subtitle is "Why Reading Aloud to our children will change their lives forever".
In this book, the author stresses how important it is to read to you child every day, right from day one...if not before day 1...while they are still in utero. The book is very easy to read, I got through it in a couple hours, and the message is clear.
She gives you all kinds of different activities and ideas to promote literacy in your children, long before they start school...this is something I wholeheartedly support and agree with.
She suggests reading at least 3 stories a day - one favourite, one familiar, and one new, but also says the same book over and over again is fine too, because it helps build memory through repetition.
She divulges what she calls "The 3 Secrets of Reading" and states in her book that experts have discovered that the children who know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old are usually the best readers by age 8.
This book is widely available from libraries and agencies that work with children. Check it out and learn how reading to your child, alot, can make a real difference.
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