"I started to read books when my child was in my womb; here are some benefits to read to your child early. Just place your hand on the womb, read and mentally communicate with your child for at least five to 10 minutes."
"Even if you have good books, how do you ensure children are being able to read them? We work with school libraries and to a small extent with community libraries in enabling access. We also focus on capacity building through principals, teachers, parents and community members."
Reading is a habit, which not only helps children learn without being bored but also helps expand their mind and imagination. It's like yoga for the mind. A variety of stories introduce children to many characters, adventures, outlooks and opinions.
"If we are not developing our child's desire to read then we are letting them down. Reading causes thinking. If you want your child to think then you get them to read," says Doon school headmaster Matthew Raggett.
"We have been getting a lot of calls and many individuals and organisations have come forward to donate books already. Our book banks are growing which indicates that our libraries will become self-sustainable soon," DCP South K. Annamalai, the mastermind behind the initiative says.
If you are dealing with a preschooler, it may be tempting to push the child to spend more time reading than they want to. However, it is important to remember that it is imperative to enjoy their early reading experiences.
Children who learn to read independently grow up to be creators and problem solvers. However, in order to grasp words and concepts, it is vital that children are repeatedly exposed to text at their independent reading level.
Published in the journal Pediatrics, the study evaluated parent-toddler duos reading for five minutes from electronic tablets, basic electronic devices and printed books. It was found that "parents and toddlers verbalized less with electronic books, and collaboration was lower."
The chronic dry eye is a common disease in which natural tears fail to adequately lubricate the eyes, thus drastically affecting its functioning. The study found that the condition can slow a person's reading speed by as much as 10 per cent.