Reading a book while holding a child, contributes to brain wiring in many valuable ways.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Reading a book while holding a child, contributes to brain wiring in many valuable ways. Brain connections are made through visual stimulation, direct interactive language, and from close physical contact with a caring adult.  

I am very pleased to share a guest blog on this important topic from  Sixty Second Parent™  
This site is offers a wealth of information for parents and I am honored to share their work with you. Enjoy this beneficial post for yourself or share with other parents and grandparents!
A child can learn and benefit greatly from being read to right from the day they are born.

Big ones, little ones, soft ones, plastic ones and musical ones. Children's books come in all sorts of fascinating shapes and sizes. Grab a book and snuggle up on the sofa with your child and share the joy of story telling with them. The benefits of reading out loud to your baby or young child are simply endless!


  • It encourages children to make connections between the "heard" word and the meaning "behind" the word.
  • It gives them a positive foundation to pre-reading skills that aids the process of becoming independent readers in the future.
  • One of the most important skills a parent can teach children is how to communicate: how to speak, listen, and to read. By reading aloud to your children, you are teaching them all of these skills.
  • Reading to young children also expands their vocabulary, improves memory, and allows them to practice listening skills.
  • Read to your child from a variety of sources. Such as books, cereal boxes, magazines, road signs, and greeting cards. By reading from a variety of sources, you are teaching the importance of the written word.
  • Try making books from cardboard and pasting pictures from magazines - kids love these.
  • Baby books should be sturdy and uncluttered with lots of bright primary colors. Babies also like books with photos of real people - particularly of other babies.
  • As your baby grows and becomes more mobile, incorporate movement and actions that go along with the books. For example, when reading "Humpty Dumpty" pretend to fall with your little one at the right time. They will soon come to anticipate this movement and be really excited about it. It's remarkable how quickly they learn these little routines and grow to love them.
  • Toddlers rapidly develop a group of favorite books and will want you to read them again and again. This can be a little boring for you, but it's important to your toddler because they find great delight in repetition. It encourages them to learn the meaning of words, which is vital for language development.
  • As your child becomes older, he will want books that actually tell a story and have an ending that makes sense to him. Books help to develop the toddler's attention span. They contribute to children forming a rich vocabulary and verbal skills.
  • Books also help to develop thinking and the imagination.
  • They also contribute to the development of  basic reading concepts such as following the words from the left to right side of a page. Place books within easy reach of your child, so they can enjoy looking at them on their own.

So go and grab some books from your local book shop. Or get into the habit of taking your young child to the library to choose his own. This can go a long way to helping your child become a proficient and confident reader later on in life. 


8 Responses to “Reading a book while holding a child, contributes to brain wiring in many valuable ways.”
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Melissa Taylor said...

great article - I hadn't even thought about the implications of all the things that are being taught verbally and non-verbally.


October 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM
Marsha said...

Thanks for the great post. I just discovered your blog a few days ago and love it. I can't wait to read more. I am going to direct readers to it from my blog, because I think it is so important for them to hear what you have to say.

October 11, 2011 at 5:13 PM
Deborah McNelis said...

Melissa and Marsha, Thank you very much for all of the enthusiasm. It is great to know this article and the blog overall is so beneficial for you!
Reading can make such a dramatic, positive and long lasting impact for a child. We can all influence the healthy brain development of children so easily!

October 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM
Cristi said...

interesting! Great article.

October 15, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Emily said...

I remember learning at an early years conference years ago that the physical connection between child and parent/carer when sharing a story together neurologically wires itself inextricably into the sensation of reading. So, a child from a very young age learns to associate books and reading with love, enjoyment and protection. This is how you grow kids who love to read!

October 17, 2011 at 12:33 AM
naomi richards said...

Both of my children are into reading and we started very early on. I loVe it and so do they. Even my nearly 8 year old loves to be rread to still. It's a great activity to bond over.

October 17, 2011 at 9:34 AM
Heather said...

I love reading to my daughter!!!!!

October 19, 2011 at 10:07 AM
Julio Sporer said...

Reading a book is a good bonding experience between parents and their kids. By exposing your kids to a book at an early age, they would grow thinking that reading a book is a good habit. You can start by reading books with more pictures and colors. That way, they would not think that reading is a boring thing to do.

July 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM

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