Parents and teachers have been reading books to kids for many years. In this century, technology has become a big part of our lives and has even started to take the place of books. It is easy to listen to books on-line and many parents think that if their child is looking at books on a technology device that is acceptable because it is still something educational. There is a time and place for technology, but nothing can replace the time a child can sit on your lap and listen to book being read. Children need to be able to touch a book and turn its pages and be able to ask questions about things they hear in books before, during and after the book is read. This paper will explore the benefits of reading with children and not just reading to children. Many different literacy skills can be learned by an adult taking the time to read books with children and allowing time for the child to ask questions about the text and make their own inferences about the book as well.
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