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The Power of Books

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Reading can transport you to another world, another place, another time. It has the power to relax even those plagued with the most tremendous amount of stress. So just imagine what reading books can do for your children.

You might think that taking your children out of their current world and plopping them into an unfamiliar one would do nothing more than entertain them. However, reading books to your child can be educational. I’m not saying that you should solely read your children non-fiction. Expanding their imagination will always be important too. In fact, the imaginative worlds of fictional books can be educational in their own ways.

Understanding Language

 

By reading books to your children, you can teach them more about language. Listening and reading with your child–even if they currently don’t know how to read–helps them to start building an understanding of what letters spell different words, how words flow together into sentences and so on. Giving your children the chance to reading along with you also them to learn how words are supposed to sound. This will all aid them when it does come the time for them to start reading and also this will help them to expand their vocabulary.

Looking back at my childhood, I remember my father reading to me and teaching me more about language using the old Hooked-on-Phonics system. I have to admit that I hated Hooked-on-Phonics, but I did enjoy spending that time with my father. Learning more about language with my father gave me the chance to spend more time with him that I wouldn’t give up for anything in the world.

Improved Academics

 

Reading books with your children can actually help them when they are ready to start schooling. Because they have the basic knowledge and understanding of language, they’ll be able to put together words and make sentences more easily. Your children won’t have to struggle as much to read words and sentences because it will be something that you’ve already worked with them on.

By reading when I was younger, I feel as though I was more prepared for school. I can’t say that I was the perfect student and that I could read better than all the rest, but I could read better than some. It was all because I was read to when I was a kid.

Improving Your Relationship

 

Importantly, reading books with your children can also help the relationship that you share.

Reading time can be seen as bonding time. When you read with your child, you are given the opportunity to bond with your children, to share stories with them, and you get the chance to simply enjoy the company of your children as they enjoy having you around. By reading books with your children, you are both taken away from the stressors of the day, allowing you to spend quality time together and, of course, have some fun together learning about new places and characters.

As I mentioned above, I spent a good bit of time with my father learning how to read and more about language. Now that he’s passed, I can’t help but treasure that time with him; though, at the time, I didn’t particularly like spending those hours with Hooked-on-Phonics.

My mother also read to me when I was young, which I think helped us to bond. I can remember her reading The Lion King to me because it had become my favorite movie and quickly thereafter, my favorite book. At the time I didn’t realize it, but I think my relationship with both of my parents improved because they read with me and helped me to expand my imagination, language, communication skills, and more.

You can also take this time with your children to make reading more interactive. For example, if you use voices while reading, emphasizing characters, it will keep your child more engaged in the story. This will be easier if you take the time to really get into the story with them. Also, if you show your interest in the story, they will only become more interested in story, making them want to read more with you.

There are many books that you can purchase for your children. Most of which you can buy at a reasonable price. Though, in the end, you could never put a price on what you and your children can receive from reading books together.

I hope that I’ve inspired you and have given you more reason to go out and buy a book that you can read together with your children. Bond, learn and have fun with your children!

Let’s Ramble:

 

What are your favorite books to read with your children?

Don’t have any children? Tell us what your favorite books to read were when you were a child.

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Felicia is currently in pursuit of a Master’s degree in the field of Couples, Marital and Family Therapy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, singing, watching television and movies, and writing. In addition, she is profoundly interested in the many aspects of family and relationships and for this reason Familial Ramblings was created.

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16 thoughts on “The Power of Books

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  2. Very interesting article! I appreciate your hard work for providing such a great information about the power of the books. Thanks a lot!

  3. I hate reading more than anyone you know, I promise. But, I really should read more than I do. If there were more hours in a day, I would love to do more things like that.

    It would surely make my reading scores go up in the ACT! Great post! :)

    • You should read more! Who knows, it may inspire you. Even if you’re really busy, if you just take maybe five or ten minutes to read a couple of pages it’ll be beneficial. It’s just a matter of finding something that you really enjoy, or that’s been my experience at least.

      Yes! It will certainly help with your reading scores, haha. Thanks for commenting! :)

  4. Hi Felicia,

    Reading is such a powerful hobby don’t you think? It can help parents connect with children, improve our reading skills of course, our vocabulary, knowledge, character and what not!

    Every child loves those days when a parent read to them, even I loved those days! Miss them badly but glad that I’ve picked up reading from those days and that has helped me a lot with my character, vocabulary and knowledge.

    To kill a Mockingbird was the book that moved me the most and I somehow share a personal connection with it!

    Lovely post!

    Aditya
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    • I completely agree with you, Aditya! Reading is so powerful, but I don’t think people utilize it as much as they should sometimes. I know that I certainly miss being read to. It was great spending that time with my parents and it certainly does help on an educational level as well.

      I can’t say that I’ve actually read To Kill a Mockingbird, but I have heard good things about it. Perhaps that will be the next book that I pick up when I have some spare time.

      Come to think of it, a book is what really pushed me toward my profession (post idea, haha!).

      Thanks for your reply, Aditya, I’m glad that you enjoyed my post!

  5. My kids are a little older now, so I don’t really read to them anymore, but when they were younger I loved, the Dr. Suess books, “There’s a Monster at the End of this Book,” and “Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse.” All of them classics!

    • Dr. Suess seems to be popular among children or so I’ve come to notice. I used to love Dr. Suess books when I was younger and still do, actually. I think my favorite was Green Eggs and Ham. :) Thanks for stopping in and sharing, Janene!

  6. I’m not a mum (yet) but I love reading and think literacy is so important! I taught for several years and was astounded at the number of kids who could not read or could hardly read in the 6th grade.

    I read at a 6th grade level in 1st grade and pretty much read anything I could get my hands on. I loved autobiographies and the Trixie Belden mystery series.

    • Thank you for stopping by, Cindy! I am sometimes so surprised at the illiteracy that I come across even online. I mean, I understand that you don’t have to use your best spelling and grammar, but talking to some people I wonder what they were being taught in school.

      I agree with you, reading is very important and I think people need to instill that into their children!

      Trixie Belden sounds so familiar, I think that I may have read them as a kid as well!

    • Aww, that’s great! I remember when I was a kid my mother had gotten one or two books of mine personalized. I remember absolutely loving it! It’s a great gift and one that I’m sure you’re children will always cherish. :)

    • Thanks for sharing your experience, Justin! I remember going to the library in Elementary school very fondly as well. :) I even remember some of the books that I used to read, like In a Dark, Dark Room and Is Your Mama a Llama? Good times!

    • That sounds like a lot of fun, Eschelle! Thank you for sharing! I’ve recently really gotten into Grims Fairy Tales. Do you have a favorite?