Audio books are valuable media for your children because they don’t pre-digest imagery for them. That means that as your kids listen to the stories, they’re given the exquisite experience of actively imagining the worlds they’re hearing about, rather than having the characters and scenery presented to them like in a book or TV show. Their brains can paint the characters and actions in ways that resonate most with them, according to Michael Rich, MD, MPH. Dr. Rich is the Children’s Hospital Boston’s media expert and director of Children’s Center on Media and Child Health.
1. They’re super easy.
No need to carry around a book. Pop one in when you’re on the road or while you cook together. Have your child listen while she cleans his or her room or helps with the dishes.
2. They can beef up your little one’s reading skills
Following along visually while listening can enhance word-recognition ability, while listening alone can expand vocabulary, according to Mary Beth Crosby Carroll, a reading specialist at The Children’s School in Brooklyn, NY.
3. They allow your child to “read” more difficult books.
Your child will be able to delve deeper into complicated topics and listen to better-quality books than she might find at her own level. That exposure strengthens comprehension skills, particularly for children who have reading difficulties, says Crosby Carroll.
4. There’s no stigma
Struggling readers are often reluctant to read below their level for fear of being picked on. With audio books, nobody has to know what they’re listening to.
5. They’re fun!
Well-done readings give the story a more concrete sense of drama.
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