Five Reasons to Read Picture Books with Children

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“Read me one more stories, please?”

Just about every parent has heard this plaintive cry. Young children love to listen to picture book stories and they enjoy cuddling close to daddy on a comfy couch or leaning back on mommy’s lap as they help to turn the dog-eared pages of a beloved book.

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Why Reading Picture Books to Your Kids Are Important

Here are five important reasons to read picture books to children.

1. Entertainment

Picture books can be read for the purpose of entertainment and enjoyment. For many people, it’s also a great way to bond and share those special moments as the reader and listener journey through the stories together.

2. Messages

Every children’s picture book has illustrations with the purpose of helping each child deal with many of the challenges they encounter in their formative years. For example, if a child is afraid of monsters, “Harry and the Terrible Whatzit” by Dick Gackenbach or There’s an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer, have wonderful pictures to help the little read get to the heart of the story and lessons being taught.


3. Engaging

Reading with young children engages them in the world between the pages. As they observe what is happening with the characters, they are able to relate the events in the book to their own experiences. This helps children realize that certain emotions they go through are normal and that they are never alone.

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4. Pre-literacy development skills

Reading with young children develops their pre-literacy skills. Studies show that children who are read to at an early age are more successful in school and later in life.

5. Opportunities

When situations occur where a child is perhaps misbehaving or going through a difficult stage, reading specific stories can help them understand what you need to teach them about their behaviors without the dangers of negatively accusing them of anything.

Reading can help open windows of opportunities for parents to engage and talk about any problems they may be having in school with friends, even at home with family members.