Young children are like sponges, every day they will learn skills that will help them become readers. When adults respond to a toddler’s effort to communicate they increase conversational skills, boost vocabulary and propel the children towards literacy.

Children who hear more words that are spoken at home learn more words and enter school with better vocabularies. This larger vocabulary pays off exponentially as the child progresses through school. Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do with children. It builds many important foundational skills, introduces vocabulary, and provides a model of fluent expressive reading.