This may seem like a silly question, “why is reading with your child so important?” Many parents and caregivers do this every day; read a book at bedtime, come to the library for story time, or talk about books they have read together. However, one would be surprised at how many adults forget that reading aloud or with your child is one of the most important building blocks you can provide during the early years. Just as a children need to exercise their bodies they must also exercise their brains. “A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three, producing 700 new neural connections every second,”(Zero to Three). This is an astonishing rate of development, a number that far exceeds how adult brains learn and make connections. This means that your child is learning at an exponential rate and parents need to take advantage of this stage of development to make sure a child is truly engaged in the reading and bonding process. The links that are provided show how you can support these connections with activities and information that will continue to benefit your infant, baby or toddler throughout their lives. Don’t forget the library offers an abundance of story times and children’s programming to help support these concepts as well. View the GPL Calendar for information about upcoming events. It is never too late to start a child on a healthy path to reading and learning as Reading is Fundamental!