Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Truth Behind Bedtime Stories

Read Dr. Perri Klass' post on the New York Times "Well" blog about Bedtime Stories for Young Children.  In this piece, she identifies how "Two new studies examine the unexpectedly complex interactions that happen when you put a small child on your lap and open a picture book." 

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Thinking about library storytimes, consider how you communicate to families why reading with children makes a difference in brain development. Take a nod from this quote in the article: “I think that we’ve learned that early reading is more than just a nice thing to do with kids,” Dr. Hutton said. “It really does have a very important role to play in building brain networks that will serve children long-term as they transition from verbal to reading.”

Access the blog post here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/bedtime-stories-for-young-brains/