Reading Together: Using Digital Audio Books to Read with Children

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A young girl hugs and kisses her grandma as her grandpa looks at them and smiles.
Reading with a child can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Studies have confirmed that when a child is read to, not only their reading improves – so do their confidence, social skills, vocabulary, and behavior. The list goes on. But have you ever considered that reading with a child could benefit you, too? Consider this: reading with a child can forge inter-generational bonds, enhance your sense of purpose, and allow you to make memories with a child who is special to you.

If you have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew, or other little one in your life, why not try downloading or borrowing a digital book to read together? And with holiday family gatherings approaching, now is the perfect time to give it a try! A print disability doesn’t have to prevent you from reading with a child.

Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen
DB 42932 / BR 7903
On a cold winter’s night, under a bright full moon, a young girl and her father trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl. For preschool – grade 2. Caldecott Medal.

Julie Andrews’ Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year
DB 75786 / BR 19702
Collection of poems and songs that celebrate different holidays and special moments throughout the year. Features works by Andrews, Sandra Cisneros, Emily Dickinson, Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky, John Updike, and others. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2012.

You Nest Here with MeBook cover for You Nest Here with Me by Jane Yolen that depicts a young girl tucked into bed holding a stuffed animal owl.
by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple
DB 84854
A mother helps her little one go to bed with descriptions of the many types of birds and where they nest when they fall asleep. For preschool—grade 2. 2014.