What Every Parent Needs To Know About Reading To Their Baby


“Children are made readers in the laps of their parents” – Emily Buchwald

reading to baby article for Mom's magAccording to the American Academy of Pediatrics, only about 1 out of 5 parents reads to their baby regardless of socioeconomic status. Why is this a problem?

This is a problem, because babies don’t get the proper foundation for literacy, and fall behind in school. Currently, according to our nation’s report card, more than half our 4th and 8th graders are below the basic reading level. That means they can’t read their textbooks. Half of our high school students read at a 5th grade level. Newspapers are written at an 8th grade level; so, half of the high school students can’t read the newspaper.

“Since fewer than half of young children in the United States are read to on a daily basis. Every year, more than one in three children in the United States start kindergarten without the language skills required to learn how to read.” (1)

How does this happen?

It all begins at birth. Parents need to make reading to their babies a priority. Parents love their children and want the best for them; so, why aren’t parents reading to their babies?

I think they don’t realize the importance and urgency. A baby’s brain development grows 4 times its size in the first 5 years of development. This is a critical time to read to infants in order for the synapses in the brain to develop making the baby smarter. If they aren’t stimulated, they die. Yikes! This is preventable. How?

Read aloud to your baby every day for a minimum of 15 minutes. This is the single most important activity you can do to establish their future success. This is literally building the foundation for their future. Later, as the baby matures, continue to read aloud to raise a reader.


    • Nicole,
      It is wonderful that you took advantage of reading to your babies. It is a wonderful bonding time and an irreplaceable time to build a literacy foundation. Super job.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment.
      Together, we make a positive difference ~ one word at a time. 🙂

  1. We are a reading family! I have always told my children, even when money is tight, I will always buy them books. My 8 year old is an amazing reader and my youngest (3) brings me books to read all the time. I love that quality time, shared looking at the pictures after reading the text and talking about what is going on in the story. Thanks for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop!

    • Mindie,
      It is fabulous that you are a reading family. 🙂 Your kids will have great memories and a wealth of language skills setting them up for future success. Awesome job. Keep reading to them; you’re doing a great job.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. 🙂


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