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Read to a Child

Giving your full attention to children is a simple way to show them they are loved. Reading together can also be a very relaxing way to bond with a child you care about.

For families, reading together is a great way to spend quality time with each other. Reading to your children can also be a way to share positive messages with them, and to ensure that they are learning your family values and traditions, in addition to what they already learn at school.

Benefits

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading to your children is important because it “stimulates the development of the brain, language,” and it can also allow you to strengthen your relationship with them.

Step It Up

Adults can volunteer at a local after school program and read books to the children who attend. Many children involved with such programs may have parents who work long hours and don’t have enough time to read to them. Kids can read their favorite book to a sibling or friend who doesn't know how to read yet. For kids, this is great way to help others through what they have learned.

Keep It Simple

If you're a parent, make sure you set time aside every night or week to read a book to your own children.

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