Rebecca’s TED Talk is featured in a wonderful article by Nitasha Manchanda at The Innovative Parent blog, “On the importance of reading aloud to kids (even after they’re reading independently)…“:
As the passionate TEDx speaker below and the author of [“Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable”] on KQED’s MindShift describe, there are other reasons it’s a good idea to continue reading with children as long as they will let us. For one, the physical closeness that reading aloud usually brings creates an effortless intimacy (already something that I appreciate with our no-longer-snuggly six year old). We can ensure reading is a fun, shared experience that is joyful, rather than stressful (particularly important for beginning or struggling readers). It also offers parents an entry point to help children think through big issues — social, emotional, or geopolitical — which are challenging to address through direct discussion (or the snoring parental lecture!).