Why Families Matter for Children’s Language, Literacy, and Reading Abilities?

While lifestyles are  getting increasingly busier and many families are  not being able to spend time or get involved in learning activities with their children across societies, a recent report by Harvard Family Research Project, re-emphasizes  the significance of familial involvement for early childhood learning.

“Of all the ways in which families matter for children’s learning, perhaps most important is how they support children’s language, literacy, and reading abilities. Children do not develop literacy skills on their own; they need support from and experiences with others—particularly the people in their families. Through reading at home, everyday conversations, telling stories, sharing books, singing, and playing, families help children’s language and literacy skills.”

The research further discusses  the changing roles of libraries today, from storehouse of books to a place where children and adults can learn together and strengthen their relationships through three key assets (people, place, and platform).

“People Libraries develop the capacity of all families to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to support children’s learning. Place Libraries bring families together in a welcoming and supportive space to create social bonds and networks that benefit children and families. Platform Libraries offer opportunities for families, schools and communities to come together to innovate and build creative and unique pathways to empower families and support children’s learning.”





Why our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Day Dreaming?

Neil Gaiman, a British fiction writer of children and adult books, in an article highlighting the future of libraries, reading, and day dreaming, emphasizes that children should be allowed to read what they enjoy as opposed to what adults consider good books for them.

“Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian “improving” literature. You’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant.”