Prescription for Parents: Read to Your Kids

Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.

That’s the finding of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), whose June 2014 policy statement recommends that pediatric providers promote early literacy development for children beginning in infancy and continuing at least until kindergarten.

Pediatric providers are directed to advise parents that reading aloud with young children can enhance parent-child relationships and prepare young minds to learn language and early literacy skills. They’re also encouraged to guide parents toward developmentally appropriate shared-reading activities that are enjoyable for children and parents and offer language-rich exposure to books, pictures, and the written word.

p i kids books are designed with parent-child reading experiences in mind. For pre-readers, our sound story books provide a great opportunity for children to follow along while the parent reads and then press the sound buttons when they appear in the story. Our First Look and Find® books feature parent-child activities that focus on counting, matching, rhyming, alphabet, shape identification, spatial relations, and more. And our keepsake treasuries are just right for reading together at naptime, bedtime, or anytime!