My daughter has been writing her own book at bedtime lately. She crafted a Springtime story about flowers and colors that made my heart melt a little!
“Parents who read with their young children, tell stories, play word games, and provide books create a strong reading environment, especially if they maintain a sense of fun. Reading activities that allow children to follow their sense of play are more likely to be effective and to foster children’s interest in reading.”
I can honestly say personally and professionally that reading really does have a profound impact on language and cognitive development. My best advice to all parents-read often, read early, read together, and visit your local library!!!
Read this article from the Urban Child Institute!