I think I've made sure I read to a child every year since starting what has turned into an annual kindness project. But this is the first year that it really hit home because now we have Henry. Years past, I always took time to read to children at a library or to one of my nieces and nephews.
I can't reiterate enough how important it is to read to children. I have always believed that it is important to read to a child and that it needs to start at a very young age. The top photo above, Henry must of been only a couple of weeks old. I remember Kevin reading to him the day we came home from the hospital. So yes, I really do believe it's never too early to start!
Children whose parents read to them do better in every aspect. They are better behaved, have a larger vocabulary, do better at school, have great imaginations and the list goes on. Even NPR agrees with me. If you really think about it, there are so many words in books that would not come up in every day conversation that it helps hearing those words. (I mean how many people use the phrase, "Do you like green eggs and ham?" or "All the hippos go berserk!")
Now that Henry is older, he flips through books quietly on his own. We're not sure if he thinks he's reading it to himself or if just likes the pictures, but you can always find him pulling books out and a pile of books all over his room. It's the one mess I'm more than happy to pick up every evening before bed.
As adults, if we take the initiative to read children, children in turn will become great readers and better educated overall. To this day, I still remember my dad reading to me Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables. Reading to children is the easiest thing we can all do to guarantee a brighter future for them.