With a Little Help from Daddy by Dan Andreasen is one of our recent library favorites. This is such a heartwarming one and hopefully a nice encouragement for Daddy. This is all about the special things that a daddy and child share together and how this daddy helps his kid be more than he could be alone – stronger, taller, cleaner, braver, and even happier. This is a simple book with sweet elephant pictures and an even sweeter reminder of the importance of dad. This is also a good one if you are looking for a quicker bedtime read, ha!
Reading expands languages, knowledge, experience, and possibilities for imagination. Pen Elaine can also recite favorite books, fill in words, and even “read” some to herself. So, I think reading also encourages memory development. Besides, reading means crawling into my lap, and I can’t get enough of that sweetness!
Reading together is an opportunity for joint attention or mutual gaze, in which we are both attending to the same point of interest at the same time. Research has shown that infants and young children actually have better memory for objects they’ve seen during joint attention, better learning, and higher brain activation (example article by Reid & Striano) than when attending to the same object independently.