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The first memories I have of reading are:

  • The soft cadence of my mother’s voice.
  • The hugs.
  • Character impersonations of my father.


Why it's important to read to your kids - Glenhaven

Time after time, I chose the same books. Sometimes I was read to, and other times I made up my versions of the stories.

When I became a parent of 3 beautiful children, I began reading to them the day they were born. I desired to instill in them the same love of reading and create a family with avid book culture.

1. Learning language
Picture books introduce the world of words both orally and visually. Reading aloud helps our children discern that speech is made up of several distinct sounds and that those sounds have meaning. When I read to a small child, I always point out all the colors, shapes, animals, objects, and numbers. The pictures help label these patterns, but the combination of images and stories sharing stories is told in pictures and words. When children begin to tell their own story, they will often draw pictures first and add comments later.

As children learn language from birth, picture books help teach the sounds of words and speech patterns. As our children develop and grow, reading aloud develops the neuro-pathways in their brains.

2. Develops motor skills

When reading picture books, the child’s actual task is to hold the book. While turning the page, our children are invited to interact with the story by moving to the next section. When reading, it is essential to place fingers under the words. This helps with learning how to read from left to right and how words flow across the page. Pointing to the words in a picture book also helps teach the eyes to follow the words. How often do we see a small child holding a book and pointing to the words while “pretending” to read? Although they imitate us, it is a vital pattern to develop to read independently later.


Why it's important to read aloud with your kids, and how to make it count -  The Washington Post

3. Imagination Booster
Are you ready to go on a journey? Books open imaginary worlds to our children and let us explore them together. Books also teach us how to interact with each other and the world around us, whether fictional or real. I have often seen my children go into “imagination mode” after reading a story and recreate in their childlike way the world we visited in our books. Children live in their imaginations first, and only then do they get into real-life situations. The more we can inspire children to engage in imaginative play, the more likely they are to develop problem-solving skills for various conditions.

4. Developing close relationships.
More than the love of books, I think I started reading to my children based on my wonderful memories of reading with my family growing up. In a relaxed atmosphere, reading picture books helps associate reading with pleasure in a familiar place. One of the most important parts of raising active readers is that reading time is enjoyable. Creating a book culture in your home by setting a reading time each day gives your child or children something to look forward to each day. It’s that particular time you spend together. During our reading time, all interferences are turned off or put away. We have a special place where our family gathers to read each day. Each book read adds to the catalog of family experiences and memories. My children often ask me to read the same book over and over again. While we as parents may get tired of the same story, reading the same book multiple times helps reinforce their memories. These moments of snuggling with a good book plant the seeds for a love of lifelong reading.

5. Development of attention span

When we started reading picture books, we chose concise books and gradually moved on to longer books. By reading longer, our children developed their attention span and were able to follow longer stories. One important thing to remember is that when we start reading to our children, they depend entirely on us for storytelling. Soon they gain the ability to point out objects from the pictures and work toward more narrative detail. Picture books are the journey between dependent reading and independent reading. As we expand our reading time, we challenge them to grow into independent readers.

Whenever you self-publish a book, and you do not have the benefit of a traditional publisher’s marketing, you need to find other ways to help you spread the word. Word-of-mouth is the most powerful and successful way to sell books.

Here are some affordable but highly effective ways to market self-published books.

1. You must make sure the book is available through all major channels. For print books, this includes online shopping websites.

2. Establish a presence on sites where readers congregate, like social cataloging websites for books. Set up an author page, do promotions, engage with your readers, and do not argue with people who post negative reviews. Bite your tongue and move on.

3. Create a website with information about you (people are curious about authors) and your books. Include book signing schedules, links to articles and blog posts about you, pictures, excerpts from the book, and other goodies that may get people engaged and interested so that they’ll buy the book.

4. Anchor a strong presence on social media, and check it regularly. When people ask questions, answer them promptly.

5. Market to the bookstores if you think your book has potential. The bookseller associations have many ways to market for their members. If there is a bookstore in your town, introduce yourself to the owner, give them a review copy of the book, and ask if they would be willing to have you do a book signing in their store. Contact any bookstore in an area you are willing to visit and ask them, too.

6. Give away some free copies. Get your book into the hands of bloggers, book reviewers, magazines, and anyone that will agree to review it. Prepare yourself for the fact that some of those reviews won’t be good.

7. Contact any appropriate regional booksellers association and try to get yourself on their signer list. This often requires paying a fee or giving them a stack of free books, but it gets you in front of many people that spend their whole day selling books to others.

8. Talk to magazines and newspapers to see if they’d be interested in running an excerpt from the book as an article, or perhaps doing a story about you, the book, or something in the book.

9. Send out press releases to radio, TV, blogs, newspapers, magazines, trade journals, and businesses that may have an interest in the book.

10. Once stores are carrying your books, stop by every so often and offer to sign their stock. Buy a roll of “Autographed Copy” stickers to put on the books after you sign them. It helps in selling more books, hence lucrative for both the bookstore and yourself.

11. Look for other places to talk about your book. For example, if it is a children’s book, offer to talk about it in schools. If it is nonfiction, offer to speak at conferences, museums, and colleges.

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