It is never early or too late to start reading to your child. Babies are drawn to the sound of loving voices. Young children enjoy hearing short stories, rhymes and moving to the sound of words or music.
Children just learning to read benefit from hearing many stories. As a parent you are modeling how good readers sound when they read and also how they think. When you share books with a child that already reads, you are able to talk about the ideas in the book, share values and opinions while enjoying time together. Regardless of when you begin reading with your child, you demonstrate the value you place on reading and guide them in becoming lifelong readers. Start with simple short books and refer to the Go Reader Go Ages and Stages for more practical tips on reading with your child.