Early Book Reading– Why It Is Important

November 19, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Library User Group,Sarah Denson,Writing

The last 2 decades have observed a change in taking into consideration the manner in which children develop throughout their pre-school years. From the later 1970s and carrying on through the beginning of 1980s researchers started to research the impact of early years of a child’s overall learning development skills. These studies challenged the perception held in those days that educational learning abilities developed only at school age. Indeed, it was shown that children who experienced pre-school learning programs regularly demonstrated advancements in academic achievements in their later formal education.


The recognition of early learning



These early studies by kids sparked a wide-spread desire for pre-school education and brought up the question: “If children can boost their learning skills young, what is the ultimate way to nurture these skills and competence?” Research reveals that children who take part in a purposeful play and organized activities get a range of skills that provide a solid base for later learning and development.

A well planned early learning program can, for instance, nurture sociable and psychological development by assisting children to build up an optimistic sense of themselves, a value for others, and a confident need to learn. Telling stories and reading activities can help develop vocabulary and literacy skills by promoting effectiveness in communicating, and listening, being read to and starting to read and write. And problem fixing activities can help children develop their self-confidence and aptitude in reasoning. With a solid foundation in these areas, children show a strong aptitude for learning when they commence formal education and continue to long-term accomplishment in their later youth and adulthood.


Acquiring skills in the early years

Vocabulary and communication skills are essential for a child’s mental and personal development as they create a sense of personal determination and their relationship to others. Being exposed to stories helps to enrich their imaginations, plus an understanding of a variety of experiences that will provide them with the self-confidence they need in their daily interaction with the entire world.

By exposing kids to books, they acquire the essential tools for understanding how to read and write.


Firstly, they arm themselves with a sizeable vocabulary which assists them to be attentive, comprehend and retain what they write and read.

Second of all, children at a young age start to be aware of that books exist. Teens and newborns will flip the pages of storybooks while looking at the pictures. Soon after, parents can start to read to them.

Thirdly, children become aware of what a book is and the way to handle it, i.e. that print looks different to pictures, that we read from bottom to top of a page and from right to left, and spoken vocabulary is associated with print.


Finally, children develop specific skills on how to read: what alphabet characters sound and look like, and when put together in a certain manner, they form words.

Sarah Denson

Library User Group