Summer time is when we want to relax and enjoy our days. What a great opportunity to sit under a tree or snuggle in a chair and read a book. Today I was reading the research on reading out loud to children and the benefits for their intellectual development. During the school year each teacher daily writes homework to read 20 minutes per night. It makes me wonder if parents are aware that this time can be shared with read aloud. Nothing can compete with snuggling together to read a book together and have a conversation. This simple act develops language, comprehension and opens the door to the world of literacy. Take advantage of the next month bonding as you read together.