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Cultivating Young Minds: Tips for Parents to Promote Reading from Infants to Teens

November 1, 2023

The advantages of shared reading experiences with your child are profound and lasting. Some key benefits include language development, cognitive development, increased empathy and understanding, a lifelong love for reading, and stronger family bonds. From infancy to the teenage years, parents can play a crucial role in instilling a passion for books and literacy in their children.

Start Early: Reading to Infants and Toddlers

The foundation of a child’s reading journey is often laid during the earliest years. Here are some strategies to get you started:

Encourage Curiosity: Reading with Preschoolers and Early Elementary Kids

As your child grows, their curiosity and vocabulary expand. Encourage their curiosity and love for reading with these strategies:

Foster Independence: Reading with Intermediate School Children

During the intermediate school years, children start reading independently but still benefit from shared reading experiences:

Maintain Connection: Reading with Middle Schoolers

Middle schoolers often have busy schedules, but reading together can still be a powerful bonding experience:

Empower Decision-Making: Reading with Teens

As your child enters their teenage years, it’s crucial to empower them in their reading choices and provide a supportive environment:

Looking for a great list of books that you can search by age group? Check out UTR’s Book Recommendation list here.

Our Literacy Tips are presented by Reader’s Digest Foundation.