The benefits of reading to kids
Reading with children is one of the best gifts you can give them both in terms of their academic and social development. During storytime, they soak up one-on-one attention. Toddlers delight in turning the pages and remember single words or animal sounds. Preschoolers listen for familiar lines and the cadence of rhythmic phrases. Schoolchildren form new ideas and opinions as they talk with parents and teachers about the book’s lesson.
This Valentine’s Day, show the kids in your life that you love them by taking the time to read with them. We’ve rounded up the funniest, sweetest collection of cute Valentine’s Day books to read with kids this February 14—and all year long. Don’t miss these adorable Valentine’s Day gifts for kids.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
A favorite in kindergarten classrooms across the country, Have you Filled a Bucket Today? is a thoughtful lesson on kindness. Carol McCloud’s story uses buckets as a metaphor for our hearts, teaching kids to be “bucket fillers” all day long. Aside from providing a teachable moment and discussion point for elementary school-aged children, this book is also a sweet, simple story full of illustrations for the smallest tykes. From complimenting a friend to helping someone across the street, the pictures show children that every day is full of opportunities to fill someone else’s bucket. Psychologists say these are the most powerful random acts of kindness ever.