Read to Your Kids Before Bed Everyday


I am not going to document all the clinical studies that say reading to your kids at a young age is beneficial.  We all know that it is a good thing to do.  Reading can be hard to fit into a busy schedule but it is really worth it, not only for the kids.  Seven months ago, before our ‘change everything lifestyle overhaul’, we were not reading to our twins.  They where 15 months old at the time and they did not have the patience for it, especially Bryce, and in reality with everything going on in our life we didn’t have the patience for it.  Bryce would take whatever book I was reading, throw it on the floor and run away.  This was really frustrating since it was a completely different than what we had experienced with Annika when she was that age.  After our move we were determined to slow down and persevere with reading to the twins.  Good Move.

I was pretty sure Jada would be like her sister and love reading books, as at a very young age Annika would spend a fair bit of her time sitting by herself and looking at books.  Bryce on the other hand has been a great surprise.  I thought he would be one of those boys who wouldn’t sit still long enough to finish one small book and would just want to go and play.  While that held true for about a week into our new reading routine that quickly changed when he started identifying with a couple of the books and now Bryce can look at books seemingly all day.  This bedtime routine is so popular that it does not matter what they are doing at the time, it is always easy to convince them to stop and come read a story together.  We read 3-4 toddler type books before tucking the twins to bed and then one of us goes to Annika’s room for a couple more she has picked out.

My advice for reading to your kids is:  Choose a time where you can commit to at least 10-15 minutes, be patient, and don’t give up.  If you do this I think you will see some of the effects that we have noticed with our kids, and the benefits mentioned in all those studies.


Recommended reading: By Bryce and Jada age 22 months

Recommended reading: By Annika age 4.5yrs

Our kids like variety and a trip to the local library can be a very fun outing, see Rediscover Your Public Library.

  4 comments for “Read to Your Kids Before Bed Everyday

  1. erin
    December 9, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Rowan LOVED the Rainbow Fish, The Napping House, and there was a book he just loved when he was quite young [the twins’ age] Called Where is Spot, I believe, and it had little flaps to find spot…interactive and held the attention. I Love You Forever and Zoom by Robert Munsch were also quite entertaining.

  2. December 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Hey Lisa,
    Take this suggestion for what it’s worth since I have a vested interest (my husband is the author/illustrator), but another great book for the toddler-school age set is Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard (and its sequel, Boo Hoo Bird). It’s not just me that thinks they’re great–they made all of the “best of” lists in their respective years of publication too! Your local library should have copies. Check them out! I’m sure your kids will love them as much ours did/do.

    • December 8, 2009 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks for the comment. I will definately look them up. The website looks great. “Bird” is very cute.

    • December 23, 2009 at 9:57 am

      We just picked up the books “Boo Hoo Bird” and “Me Hungry” from the library yesturday, they are great. Thanks. I’ll have to request “Grumpy Bird” now.
      You and your family have a great Christmas and New Year.

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