Reading to your kids does far more for them than simply keep them occupied.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.
What’s more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians shows children with more home-reading exposure have greater activity in the parts of the brain that help with mental imagery and narrative comprehension.
So what are the best books to read to your kids?
As part of their Storybook Project, NPR asked a number of authors, actors, politicians, philanthropists, scientists, and musicians to reveal their five all-time favourite books they have read to their children. It’s a great resource for parents hoping to prime their kids for success, as well as adults who want to revisit the lessons of their childhood.
Author, motivational speaker, and executive coach Tony Robbins shares not five, but six of his favourite children’s books. The father of four says author Shel Silverstein had a profound effect on him.
For more favourite books, head to NPR’s ongoing Storybook Project.
Robbins tells NPR this classic folktale proves that our problem is never about lack of resources, but rather our lack of resourcefulness.
'In this one, the clever French soldiers get creative and drive keenly toward the outcome; I've always told people that the key ingredient to success is hunger!'
'Just thinking about this one still makes me laugh,' Robbins tells NPR.
'Everything I teach about breakthroughs, overcoming our deepest fears, anxiety, and owning your identity starts right here ... with braving each hysterical page of Grover the most loveable, furry, Muppet on Sesame Street,' he says.
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