by Kristi on January 12, 2008 · 6 comments

Only 48% of parents read aloud to their children?? I wonder if that is right! It probably is, makes me sad. Sam adores being read to. We read to her at naps and bedtime always. Many times while changing her diaper. And sometimes just on the couch in the playroom.

If you have kiddos, how often do you read aloud? (I guess the ones who don’t read to often won’t be confessing here – but honestly, I’m just curious!)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brooke January 12, 2008 at 1:24 am

We have read to the kiddos since probably 2-3 months? Right around when they start really noticing things around them more. Our kids all love to read as well, even Avery – we have always done it at bedtime and during the day whenever we have downtime or they ask to. Haylee reads whenever she feels like it, in bed before she falls asleep, when she gets home from school, whenever. I think it’s sad, too, because there are so many people who hate to read but i honestly think for the most part that if reading is made a part of your life from the beginning, how can you help but like it? And it makes them so much smarter, too, with all of the vocabulary they build by just listening and the word recognition from the books that we read to them over, and over, and over. LOL But that’s just what goes on over here, partly I think because I am such a reader as well, it’s really important to me 🙂

2 Lisa and Jack January 12, 2008 at 2:03 am

Jack LOVES books! We read before bed for sure and any other time that he grabs a book. Right now he is totally obsessed with copying what they do in the book. For example, on the pages where the baby kisses the mommy, he wants to kiss me and one of the characters has a stuffed dog and he always has to have his dog when we read it. There’s another book where they mom and baby drink cocoa… so yep, we have to drink cocoa ALL the time. It’s so cute to see how much he relates to the characters and he is memorizing the pages, one of the first steps to reading..

3 Lisa and Jack January 12, 2008 at 2:13 am

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4 Tiffani January 12, 2008 at 2:32 am

We read to the kids for an hour every night before bed time. It gives them a chance to unwind. One night we tried to skip it because we got home late and were all tired. And they threw the biggest tantrum. So we have never tried to skip it since. Also two days a week we go to the kids storytime at the local library. The kids loving listening to them read books and sing songs. And both of the kids love trying to read all the books by themselves.

5 Paige January 12, 2008 at 5:04 am

Just like everyone else here I love to read to the kids. I started reading early as well, I love the fact that storytime is not just a time for learning and growing imagination by it’s a nice quiet time with me and the kids. Kara always cuddles up close with me, Lily is the same. Braden is just now starting bring me books. It’s hard to belive that some parents don’t read to their children. Plus I love reading books from when i was young, like “The Giving Tree” or “the napping house” it totally takes me back! GOOOOO READING!!!!

6 Angela January 20, 2008 at 4:55 am

wow, that statistic is really sad. reading is sooo important for so many reasons. i read to the kids at work all the time, and will use their names in place of characters and they love it. i also use voices and ask questions during the story, like if they can spot the character on the page or whatever. i hope more people will read to their kids

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