Long before children become proficient readers, they respond to images in an effort to place themselves, other people and things in their world into context. Picture books help children develop a sense of self, which is critical to their education and mental development.
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Although parents help build their children’s vocabularies by speaking to them, the research, including a 2015 study, shows reading to them is more effective. The basis for learning how to read is formed by developing word mastery and grammatical understanding, and reading aloud is the best way to help children build literacy.
Writer, creator, and former NFL star Israel Idonije believes every child has the capacity to create...