What is one of the best gifts you can give a child this season? A ritual of reading and connection. 

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Sharing books, stories, and songs with young children builds their sense of connection and belonging. 

If babies could tell us what they want most to help them thrive every day of the year, they would say a loving connection with a trusted adult.  Every positive interaction that a caregiver has with a young child builds connections in their brain that sets them up for lifelong success. Their brains are wired and ready to learn from the moment they are born but they need caring adults in their lives to activate the switch.

Does that sound better than the newest technological gadget? There is no doubt it is. No toy or device can provide infants and young children with the tools they need to learn to communicate and connect with others.  

Learn more about the benefit of reading here.