The importance of reading to kids cannot be over-stressed, but a concerning study in 2019 revealed that 50% of children have never read a book with their parents.
Additionally, too many kids are struggling to read and write, and those who miss out on early childhood education may never fully catch up on their cognitive and personal development, and will probably battle with learning to read, write, spell later in life.
Add to that the 2020 mass school closures in response to the Covid-19 global pandemic, and it would seem that our children are facing an insurmountable setback.
Not necessarily so!
"Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play." - Philip Pullman
In an effort to help busy parents to engage and bond and learn with their kids through exploring beautiful stories, we're continuously gathering some of the best local reading resources in one place, for you.
Check in often for the latest updates, and always find something new and exciting to read with your kids in Parent24's Storytime hub.
"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." - Albert Einstein
You'll find stories to read, audio to listen to and resources to download for all ages.
We've got warm and engaging stories appropriate for younger babies and toddlers to stories that offer lessons, adventure and local experiences to older children.
Share your stories and questions with us via email at chatback @ parent24.com. Anonymous contributions are welcome.