Many new parents receive the advice that they should read aloud to their baby. It’s advice that’s grounded in research, as many studies have linked early shared reading at home to later success in the classroom—but what is it about reading to young children that makes it so important?
Although conversations babies and young children have with their caregivers are well established as the primary means by which youngsters develop language, researchers from Indiana University Bloomington say that picture books may play a disproportionate role in children’s language learning.
In a study published in the last issue of the journal Psychological Science the researchers suggest that books have such an outsized influence because of the words they use. Read more