This morning there were A LOT of news articles that came across my various feeds discussing the importance of reading (and real books) on brain development in children. They highlight the correlation between children being exposed to books at a young age and vocabulary, levels of literacy, and ability to pay attention.
This is exactly what I was writing about on my blog the other day. The baby is interpreting, relaying between image, sound, the mother’s face. This is a powerful learning moment. And of course we can sense the satisfaction that this giving by the distraught response when the book ends. Notice also the way the objects of the books themselves is a place the child can live in. I wouldn’t say that this isn’t possible with eBooks. It’s just that given the child’s mobility, the physicality of sitting amongst books is an important part of the whole experience too. Please circulate this to everyone and anyone who is involved in childcare, learning, upbringing or talking about initial literacy etc etc. Fantastic bit of film.