SUMMARY OF THE SHOW
Children who are read aloud to by parents get a head start in language and literacy skills and go to school better prepared.
According to Jim Trelease, the author of the best-seller, "The Read-Aloud Handbook”, developing a passion for reading is crucial. "Every time we read to a child, we're sending a 'pleasure' message to the child's brain. You could even call it a commercial, conditioning the child to associate books and print with pleasure."
This reading "commercial" is critical when the competition for a child's attention is so fierce. Between television, movies, the Internet, video games and after-school activities, the pleasures of sitting down with a book are often overlooked. Oftentimes, negative experiences with reading - whether the frustrations in learning to read or tedious school assignments - can further turn children off from reading.