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Breed a Reading Tribe

With blond curls bouncing Michelle followed along by her mother's side copying every move. When she sits for just a moment with her feet up, little Michelle snuggles right in slouching so her toes can reach the stool too. She sips her milk as her mother sips her tea. An adult in the making.

Children are great Imitators, so give them something great to imitate. -Anon

Why does reading together matter?

Children learn by Example

Simply - your kids want to be just like you! If you value reading - they value reading. If they see you reading by yourself - they will want to read too. Reading together just adds to the benefits by adding a sense of intimacy and togetherness to the act of reading which makes it all them more valued.

Vocabulary Improvement

As we see University grads scoring lower on literacy and numeracy skills than ever before (150.statscan), reading together becomes even more valuable for personal, academic and career success.

Did you know that children from homes that read aloud 5 times per week were able to retell a story more effectively using more literary language, more sophisticated forms, and with longer and more complicated sentences? (Wolf, M.)

And children who grow up in homes with books get on average 3 more years of education than children from bookless homes, no matter what their parents' careers or education are? (Evans, M. D)

It all comes down to vocabulary development and exposure to excellent writing. Books just have many words that children likely will not encounter frequently in society. Even children's books have 50% more rare words than primetime TB or a college student's conversation! (The Read-Aloud Handbook)

Vocabulary is vital to higher education, understanding deeper meaning and advancing in careers. Early and regular family read alouds are the best way to improve your child's chances academically.

Family Bonding

Reading together is a great way to get to know your child and for them to get to know you. It is a time of peace, guided imagination and closeness.

The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading. It isn’t achieved by the book alone, nor by the child alone, nor by the adult who’s reading aloud—it’s the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony. (Mem Fox)

Books will increase conversation, boost family intimacy, and create shared memories that will last a lifetime.

Reading Together Beyond the Early Years

Why stop? Reading is a great way to smooth the difficult preteen and teen years. Reading will bring connection and closeness during the times when everything else may be a state of chaos in your relationship.

Let reading be a safe place to share. The bonus is that you don't have to do all the reading yourself!

Start Reading Today!

Any book will do! You can take turns choosing, or have a family vote. Make today the first day of your family reading future.


Works Cited

Evans, M. D., Kelley, J., Sikora, J., & Treiman, D. J. (2010). Family scholarly

culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 28(2), 171-197.

Hango, Darcy. “University graduates with lower levels of literacy and

numeracy skills.” Statistique Canada, 27 November 2015,

x/2014001/article/14094-eng.htm. Accessed 5 January 2022.

Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 28(2), 171-197.

Trelease, Jim. The New Read-aloud Handbook. Penguin Books, 1989.

Wolf, Maryanne. Proust and the Squid : the story and science of the reading

brain. Harper, 2007.

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