“Who sings and reads everyday to you?” is another line from the “Who Loves You Baby” cloth book.
A friend of mine, who works as a teacher/librarian, stressed the importance of these two activities when she came to visit me and our newborn. Make sure you read and sing to him everyday, she said.
Mem Fox (my favourite children’s author) says the same thing.
“Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.”
As does Ten Minutes a Day.
“Children that grow up in a book rich environment are more likely to associate reading with pleasure and to later become successful readers themselves.”
“Children are much more likely to retain words learnt through song, rhythm or chant.”
It’s also important for babies and children to see YOU read regularly. If like hubby you’re not a book reader, don’t fret pet! Reading magazines/newspaper still counts as reading.