As an early childhood educator, I am a huge advocate for reading to your child as early as possible. In fact, I packed a book in my hospital bag to read to my children after they were born! Did you know that if you read one bedtime story a night for three years to your child, you will have read 1,095 books? How awesome is that!? Research has shown that reading aloud to a child significantly improves their ability to read and write, and it also strengthens their vocabulary and communication skills. Here are some of Rachel and Jake’s favorites.