Raise Bookworm Babies: Quotes. Research. Statistics.


Fill Your Home With Books

  • “Children who read above the expected level for their age are more likely to have books of their own.” - J. Douglas, National Literacy Trust 
  • “Children who have lived in book-filled homes prior to going to school are known to be scholastically advantaged for the REST OF THEIR LIVES. And children who have memorised 8 nursery rhymes by the age of 3, so I have been told, are always the BEST readers by the age of 8.” - Mem Fox
  • "Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his needs, is good for him." - Maya Angelou
  • "The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service." - www.nea.org
  • "There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book." - Frank Serafini

Prepare Your Children for School Success

  • “Children who have been read to several times a day as a young child, did SUBSTANTIALLY better in kindergarten than youngsters whose parents read to them a few times a week or less often.” - T. Doherty 
  • "Reading aloud to children is one of the most effective and inexpensive activities parents, caregivers and educators can do to promote literacy. Children who are introduced to books early and read to on a regular basis DO BETTER IN SCHOOL." - S. Herb - Building Blocks For Literacy
  • “Our preschool is competitive. We have a very skewed academic population here. These are children whose parents have read to them since they were infants.” - High Achieving Boston Preschool Headmaster, explaining why she believes the children in her charge have an academic advantage before even entering school.
  • “Regardless of your child’s innate strengths or weaknesses, reading every day is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to stimulate a growing mind and prepare for later school success.” - Kimberly Zimmer Aulenback and Dawn Ohanian Tringas
  • "There are two major predictors of later reading: how much a child is spoken to and how often the child is read to." - M. Wolf
  • "When you spread stories around your home and read to your little one, books become familiar and cherished objects. When all the other toys have gone, books remain friends for life." - Kimberly Zimmer Aulenback and Dawn Ohanian Tringas
  • "It is heartbreaking to think of 5 year olds failing in school from the moment they start, but that is the reality for many of our children." - E. Balthazar & B. Strama
  • "Educators often say that children spend kindergarten through second grade 'learning to read'. They then spend the rest of their educational career 'reading to learn'. Sharing books with children every day - beginning at birth - is the easiest, most important, and most effective way to give children a solid foundation for learning that will guide them through their entire educational career.” - Kimberly Zimmer Aulenback and Dawn Ohanian Tringas

Increase Your Child's Vocabulary

  • “Books contain many words that children are unlikely to encounter frequently in spoken language. Children's books actually contain 50% MORE rare words than primetime television or even college students' conversations.” - reachoutandread.com
  • "A new study in the journal 'Child Development' found that the richness of vocabulary during the preschool years predicted Kindergarten vocabulary, which correlated with fourth-grade reading." - M. Holler
  • "Adjusting for socioeconomic differences, the researchers found that reading quality and quantity of shared book-reading in early infancy and toddlerhood predicted child vocabulary up to four years later, prior to school entry."- aappublications.org

Read With Children Early and Often

  • In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics adopted early reading as a resolution, releasing the following:  "A new AAP policy statement recommends that pediatric providers advise parents of young children that reading aloud and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development and parent-child relationships."
  • "In a class of 20 students, few, if any, teachers can find even 5 minutes of time in a day to devote to reading with EACH student.’ - Adams '02 
  • “It is especially important that parents and other caregivers read with their little one's early and often so that children experience important group reading at school, and vital one on one reading time at home.” - Kimberly Zimmer Aulenback and Dawn Ohanian Tringas
  • "Reading aloud to young children helps to develop vocabulary, phonological awareness, oral language skills, fluency, and a positive attitude toward learning." - SJ Barrentine
  • “Research shows that it is not until eighth grade that a student's reading level catches up to his or her listening level. Until that time, most students are capable of hearing, understanding, and enjoying material that is more complicated than what they could read.” - Jim Trelease
  • “One of the primary benefits of reading to toddlers and preschoolers is a higher aptitude for learning in general. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education. After all, if a student struggles to put together words and sentences, how can he be expected to grasp the math, science, and social concepts he’ll be presented with when he begins elementary school?” - EarlyMoments.com
  • "Let's do the math: If you read with your child for 20 minutes a day, you will have read 7,300 minutes over the course of a year. Let's assume an average rate of 200 words per minute. Your child will have heard 1,460,000 words by the end of the year. Multiply that by 5 years (birth to kindergarten) and your little one will have heard 7,300,000 words before entering grade school. " - Kimberly Zimmer Aulenback and Dawn Ohanian Tringas
  • "Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year." - Horace Mann
  • "Children read for fun because they learn, early on, that stories are fun. When parents begin reading with their little ones from birth, books become a natural part of their children's lives. In a world that is introducing children to digital advancements earlier and earlier, early book sharing is more important than ever." - Kimberly Zimmer Aulenback and Dawn Ohanian Tringas
  • "You may wonder about the benefits of reading with your baby. An infant will not understand everything you are doing or why, but you would not wait until your child could understand what you were saying before you started speaking to him or her, right? You would not bypass lullabies until your baby could carry a tune, or wait until he could shake a rattle before you offered him a toy." - kidshealth.org
  • "By reading with infants, parents can help their children develop an understanding about print at an early age as infants learn to make connections between words and meaning. By engaging children at an early age in reading and allowing children to observe those around them in reading activities, parents can help foster a lifelong passion for reading that leads to benefits in all areas of development as children grow older." - National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • "We know a great many Bookworms who did not learn to read easily - or quickly - but, eventually, they did learn to read. Now, most who were read with every day, truly love to read and read more than their peers. Keep reading with your little Bookworms every single day. They will eventually learn - at their own pace and in their own way. If you keep that read aloud joy alive, they will internalize it." - Dawn Tringas and Kimberly Aulenback
  • “Reading to children is one of the best ways to promote positive attitudes toward reading and to give children 
the sounds and words of literacy and reading. BEGINNING AT BIRTH, all children should be read to with 
regularity and enthusiasm.
” - Southern Early Childhood Association
  • “Parents cradle, sing and tend to infants while agonizing over safety and the future; yet research shows that the more exposure babies have to books early and often, the more likely they are to establish learning pathways (brain synapses) vital to later educational success. Reading also exposes even the youngest child to language, visual stimulators and an early love of books.” - Kimberly Zimmer Aulenback and Dawn Ohanian Tringas 

Read Like a Teacher

  • “Nobody expects a two-year-old child to read a book on his or her own. Now, of course, many two-year-old children might look through books on their own, or even pretend to read them on their own. But, if you have a new book, the adult has to be there to help the child understand the book. The book creates a platform on which the conversation takes place. [The adult is there to] interpret, to name the pictures, to describe the action, to explain what’s going on. This is one of the reasons why research shows that families in which children are READ TO REGULARLY are families whose children are more likely to arrive at school ready to learn, with bigger vocabularies and greater capacity to participate effectively in classrooms. [It’s] because they’ve had this kind of focused conversation with adults.” - Catherine Snow/Ellen Galinsky
  • "When you read to your child from an early age, you are filling their brains with a kind of 'prior knowledge' that your child's teachers will capitalize on. Every new word, setting, character, illustration or situation you read about becomes part of your child’s knowledge base. Often, when teachers first introduce a new book or concept, they spend a few minutes 'activating prior knowledge' or helping students consider what they ALREADY know about a subject. By making these connections, children quickly become invested in the new topic - or book - and begin thinking about words and ideas they might come into contact with. New knowledge can then be added much easier, and therefore comprehension and learning is improved. Consider “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss. Though it is wonderfully nonsensical, it still has elements of rhyme, emotion, contrast/opposites, balance, velocity, weather, animals, transportation, and perseverance.” - Kimberly Zimmer Aulenback and Dawn Ohanian Tringas

Reading Is Good Parenting

  • "When fathers read to their young children on a regular basis, they tend to raise children who are superior readers, who perform better in school, and who have better relationship skills." - S. Green 
  • "Being new to the world, your baby is constantly being introduced to new sights, smells, sounds, and textures that stimulate her brain and help her to organize the world around her. Even though there are wonderful toys and shows that promote these skills, at the end of the day, a baby's brain is hardwired to receive information from other humans, according to Today's Parent." - Autumn Jones
  • "Helping your children ENJOY reading is one of the most important things you can do as a parent and it's well worth the investment of your time and energy. Kids will learn reading skills in school, but often they come to associate reading with work, not pleasure. As a result, they lose their desire to read." - Perkinson - US Dept. of Ed.
  • "The experience of literature is not limited to words on the page. More than anything it is a portal to sharing, exploring, and discovering both new worlds and each other's ideas and opinions." - Candice Lopez-Quimpo

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