Why Share Books?

Sharing books, singing songs, and saying rhymes will have a lasting impact on a child’s development.


Vocabulary Development

Books help to develop vocabulary. A wide range of vocabulary is important as a way of expressing ourselves and being able to communicate effectively. A range of vocabulary is also important to help us to learn to read. The more words we have, the easier it is for us to connect sounds and the knowledge of the word to its visual print representation. 

   * Children’s books contain 50% more rare words than prime time television (Hayes & Ahrens, 1988)
   * Books stimulate more verbal interaction between child and parent (Vivas,  1996)
   * By age 3, 50% of our language is in place. By age 5, it’s 85 % (Susan Deacon, Joining the Dots)
   * The earlier children are read to, the better their language and literacy skills (Dunst et al., 2012)
   * We need to hear 1000 stories before we can learn to read (Mem Fox)


Early Years Writer in Residence 2010

Scottish Book Trust's Early Years Writer in Residence project began back in September 2010. Over the nine months, Alison Murray worked with a Home-Start group in Renfrewshire, in an area of socio-economic deprivation, to support parents’ reading and writing skills and embed a love of book sharing with young children within the community.

During the residency, Alison and the Home-start group of parents worked together to produce a beautifully illustrated story of a little girl who loves to share books with her mother. The following report evaluates the project and gives further recommendations. Evaluation was completed by Dr Andy Hancock and Dr Moira Leslie 2011.

Learn more about the Early Years Writer in Residence 2010 by downloading the evaluation report here (PDF)