5 Great Reasons to Read to Your Child + GIVEAWAY (closed)

In my one year of motherhood, I’ve had many proud mommy moments and I’m sure I have even more to come. Hands down my favourites are when Kai points to his bookshelf or grabs a book and shoves it in my hand to read to him. I started reading to him when he was about two months old, and almost every day since he was three months old. I’m personally a wannabe book worm. I’ve always loved going into a bookstore and holding the new books. With my dad being an avid reader, I’ve always envied that I just didn’t naturally get his reading bug gene. So I vowed to encourage my children to read regularly, starting them as young as possible.

National Book Week (4-10 September 2017) is an initiative aimed at encouraging the country to incorporate reading as a regular activity. As few as 14% of South Africans are active readers, and only 5% of parents read to their children. I’ve always known that reading is extremely beneficial for all of us but there are so many benefits particularly children. In this day and age of multiple screens, I love the idea of being old school and sitting with my boy, reading him a good story. There’s so much joy in my heart when he engages with the book by touching it, turning the page, opening up flaps and doing the actions encouraged by the book.

Here are some great reasons to read to your child:

  • It improves imagination
  • It increases intelligence
  • It helps to build vocabulary
  • It increases productivity
  • Boosts brain power

Pat-a-Cake Books

I’m so excited about this giveaway. If your little one is an upcoming bookworm like my Kai, you need to get your hands on this set of books. The Pat-a-Cake books from Pan Macmillan are a new collection developed by researchers and child psychologists. They’re specifically made for little ones and cover five major milestones from 0-6 years. Recognising that some parents would like to read with their children but may not know how to, each book is very interactive and has prompts for parents to follow to get their children engaged in the book. The range has a mix of touch and feel, pull the tabs, nursery rhymes as well as counting books. There’s a collection for different ages, to suit the specific reading needs and abilities of the child’s age group. They’re also all sturdy and easy to wipe clean – cos we all know how messy those little hands can get.

Kai and I are currently loving On the Move and Funny Faces (pictured below), both board books illustrated by Mojca Dolinar. These books stimulate early learning and visual development. I love the high contrast illustrations, the bold colours and the fun, cute characters. Kai is even doing some of the actions on his own already, without me even prompting him. I especially love their modern and minimalistic style. I’m actually thinking of doing book reviews as a segment here, so let me know if you’d find that helpful.

WIN a hamper of Pat-A-Cake books worth over R500!

To celebrate National Book Week, I’ve partnered up with PanMacMillan Books to give two lucky blog followers a hamper of their brand new Pat-A-Cake books, worth over R500 each! This giveaway is extra exciting because you can up your chances of winning by entering the giveaway on all of my different social media platforms (I’m giving away a total of 5 hampers across my platforms).

How to enter:

In the comments box below, name one good reason to read to your child.

For extra chances to win, enter the giveaway on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Congratulations to blog post winners Kelly Hall & Keitumetsi Motlhale**

The rules:

Blog:

  • The competition will close at 4pm on Monday 11th September, 2017
  • This competition is open to South African residents only
  • Two (2) winners will be chosen and announced on this post by Saturday 16th September, 2017
  • Only answers submitted in the comments below will be valid
  • The winners will be contacted via e-mail so please be available to supply full contact and delivery details. If the winner/s does not respond to the email within a week of contact, another winner will be chosen
  • Winners will be chosen randomly
  • Each hamper will consist of up to 4 books suitable for the child’s age (not necessarily the ones featured in this post)
  • All prize delivery logistics will be handled by a Pan Macmillan representative

Social Media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)

  • The competition will close at 4pm on Monday 11th September, 2017
  • This competition is open to South African residents only
  • One (1) winner per platform
  • Only answers submitted following instructions will be valid
  • Winners will be chosen randomly
  • Winners will be announced on the respective social media posts by Saturday 16th September, 2017
  • The winners will be contacted via e-mail so please be available to supply full contact and delivery details. If the winner/s does not respond to the email within a week of contact, another winner will be chosen
  • Each hamper will consist of up to 4 books suitable for the child’s age (not necessarily the ones pictured in this post)
  • All prize delivery logistics will be handled by a Pan Macmillan representative

Good luck, and here’s to raising readers!

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22 Comments

  1. Phyllis Kalele
    October 17, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Hi Aisha, in which store can I get these books?

    • Aisha O'Reilly
      October 18, 2017 / 6:28 am

      Hi Phyllis, you can get them in any big bookstore – Exclusive Books should have them.

  2. Annelise SIngh
    September 11, 2017 / 10:26 am

    In our home, reading is a must & we all look forward to story time, apart from me reading to my children for the obvious reasons of empowering them intellectually & helping them cultivate a healthy imagination I also encourage them to read together & use reading as a bonding tool. There is a big age gap between my children, the elder son being 11 & the younger being 2. Having my 11 year old sit & read to my 2 year old really helps them bond as it is one of the few common ground activities they can do together & as a mother it truly is a beautiful sight watching them grow & read together.

  3. Geraldine Lokchander
    September 10, 2017 / 6:47 am

    Helps a lot to learn colours and builds vocabulary and also we get to bond more.

  4. Dionne Morris
    September 7, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    I have been reading to my son since I was pregnant and I aim to continue that as it improves his vocabulary and it’s an important bonding time with him.

  5. Shay Mohamed
    September 6, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    Not only do we already read books to both my kids my 1 year old son is able to feel the same joy I feel everytime I open a book.

    The scent of a book, the joy of turning the pages, the sense of adventure they feel, the eagerness to want to know what happens next, the touchy feely experience of an actual book is priceless, and the new words and phrases they learn.

  6. Carolyn Augustus
    September 6, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    It helps expand their vocabulary and exercise their imagination, it’s a awesome way of bonding and going on adventures together.

  7. Lesego Maboya
    September 6, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    reading is a great way to bond with my kids, it improves their vocabulary and their imagination.

  8. Keitumetsi Motlhale
    September 6, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Literacy rate in the country is at its lowest. So I will like to win these books in order for my niece to enhance her reading skills and have the habit of reading books. I won’t just read the books to her but help her to read them back to me

  9. Adele
    September 5, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I love reading to my little guy, such a special time we have when reading! It helps improve imagination

  10. boipelo
    September 5, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    It helps me bond with my little boy and I love it everytime when he comes with the book to me himself wanting me to read for him

  11. Anusha Naidoo
    September 5, 2017 / 12:20 am

    Helps to motivate a love for reading in a precious child.

    A wonderful giveaway thank you.
    Reading is really wonderful and by reading to a child it motivates them to want to read and instill a love for reading.

  12. Sekgomotso Mokoena
    September 4, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    . Improved MY vocabulary but most importantly helps him build his.

  13. Kelly Hall
    September 4, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Reading helps stimulate early learning and helps grow the child’s imagination. My son is almost 10 months old and I read to him every night. He finds it lots of fun and I enjoy bonding with him! Would love to win the lovely hamper.

  14. September 4, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Reading helps to improve a child’s imagination and improves intelligence.

  15. ZOE
    September 4, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    One reason is it helps me create a bond with my son and build his vocabulary. It will also instill a culture of reading through out his life, which is essential through out his life. This is something that I didn’t have that I want to help my son with. Email is nyandimu.providence@gmail.com

  16. Shakira khan
    September 4, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    It helps to build a child’s vocabulary as well as make them use their imagination.

  17. Thendo Mulaudzi
    September 4, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    It expands their world in more ways than one so that their dreams are not limited by to their immediate environment.

  18. Bathabile
    September 4, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    It helps me to bond with my son and builds his vocabulary

  19. Darla Rudakubana
    September 4, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    These look amazing. Unfortunately I am not an SA resident but at least I know. Reviews would be so helpful- looking for reading material for our baby but don’t even know where to start.

  20. Sthembile
    September 4, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    One good reason for reading to my child would be the wonderful chance we get to share adventures that comes from the books, intrigue from the plots and characters, and emotion. This is all accomplished without having to leave our room, which is priceless for me and allows us to bond very well.

  21. Kedibone
    September 4, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    It helps to build my child’s vocabulary.

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