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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Parents, read to your children, early and often.

I've taken the quotation below from a recent review of a controversial children's book.

The value of that particular book may be questionable, but the review speaks words to truth about the importance of reading to our children early and often, and the consequences of not doing so. Reading is love in action, and a vital, playful means of developing young children's thinking and language skills.

"Parents often don't act in the way storybooks depict either. Putting kids to bed can be a challenge, and it may be an even bigger problem for this generation of parents because the sacred bedtime ritual of reading to children has gone away.

"I think it's pretty important to note that most kids in this country do not get read to at all when they go to sleep," Arredondo says.

That lack of interaction between parent and child troubles him.

"It's a big problem" he says. "There is nothing in the cosmos, nothing known to man, that comes remotely close to the complexity and the elegance of the architect of every child's brain as it is developing. Neglect of a developing child's brain is a terrible thing."

We hex our children when we fail to read to them, he says; a child's developing brain makes connections at the rate of 1,000 per second. That's why children require copious amount of attention and stimulation. When they are denied that, they suffer."

Here at our library we have thousands of children's books for families to share and enjoy with their children and grandchilden. don't forget the neighbor kids too. Every Wednesday morning at 10:00 am , and again in the afternoon at 5:00 pm, your library brings books alive for kids during our Summer Library Reading Program. Come join in the fun. Let's all work together to give our children the best possible start in life. Your family. Your library. Friends for Life!

To read the rest of the original article, go to http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/06/27/zacharias.kid.book/index.html?iref=NS1

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