There is no substitute for a child's first experiences with that concrete object called a book - smelling the aroma of the pages, rubbing fingers along the binding, feeling the smoothness of glossy paper. Nor is there a substitute for the positive feelings transmitted to a child by a reader who cares and who invests books with personal value.
When you read to your child, you give these very real and concrete gifts that encourage reading:
* Warm feelings aroused by the closeness between you, the reader, and your child, the listener.
* The chance to explore connections between your child's interpretation of the story and the actual story in the book.