Birth to age three are critical years in brain development and language skills.
Books are a pleasure, yes, and they are also informative. You and your child can learn something new as you read aloud.
Your example of reading demonstrates that reading is important, pleasurable and valued.
The number of words that a child knows on entering kindergarten is a key predictor of his or her future success.
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
Caldecott medals are awarded for the best illustrations in children’s books. This year’s winner is ‘Locomotive’ written and illustrated by Brian Floca. Filled with colorful illustrations, it’s the story of a cross country trip by train when trains still said ‘choo-choo.’ http://tinyurl.com/lco94h5