Books are windows to the world for children — reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body. Books encourage parent/child bonding, and reading aloud to children is the easiest way to enhance language and literacy development.
In fact, research shows that one primary predictor of what educational level a child will achieve is the number of books in the home.
Both listening to and reading books independently promotes literacy and builds a knowledge base in the mind. Reading develops focus and attention and stimulates imagination. Books expose kids to the interior lives of others and provide insights to develop empathy.
We carry Dover, Penguin, Usborne, Workman, DK, Innovative Kids, Harper Collins, Houghton, Scholastic, Abrams, Compendium, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, many local authors, and more.
Cognitive skills: Literacy, comprehension, imagining, focus, memory & recall, creativity, letter & word recognition & identification.
Communicative skills: Vocabulary, receptive (input) language, expressive (output) language, speech & language, phonetics, writing, storytelling.
Social/emotional skills: Empathy, self esteem, coping, independence, self awareness.
With thanks to “Make Way for Play: Brilliant Benefits of Toys” from the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association and Lekotek.