In 2012, Sean Carroll published his acclaimed book, The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World. Asides the long book title and its enlightening take on physics, another fascinating detail about the book was its dedication which read as thus: “To Mom, Who took me to the library.”
Many successful people today can trace the roots of their success back to the solid education granted to them by their parents primarily through books. Albert Einstein taps into this belief through his quote “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
Reading has scientifically been proven to increase intelligence, boost brain power and make children more empathetic. Introducing your child to reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give them in their childhood. Here are a few ways to introduce them to this life changing habit:
Read to them: In order to build your child’s interest in reading, you should read to them on a regular basis. If you’re able, this should start when they are infants and continue through their school years. Read books with stories they can comprehend for their age. Go for well written books that exhibit the beauty of language and encourage interaction as well as the ones that provoke imagination. Reading to children sets the stage for reading excellence and a love of books and writing in later years.
Make books accessible to them: It’s not helpful if you have books around, but located in places that your child can’t easily take them. Position books low to the ground and in typical play-areas so that your child begins to associate them with fun activities. Introduce your child to the joys of buying books from their favorite authors by having them save towards building personal collections.
Take them to the library: This can be done in two ways. Encourage them to build a wide personal collection of books. If there’s a central library in the house they should have their section. You should also make weekly trips to the public library together to check out books. An example of a great library to visit with your child is the Herbert Macaulay library, located at 227, Herbert Macaulay Street, Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos, which was recently redeveloped by GTBank into a state of the art learning and recreational facility[to be commissioned 11th July, 2017]. Bring your children along and introduce them to the beauty of libraries.