The Read Aloud Factor

The Read Aloud Factor
The Read Aloud Factor

The Read Aloud Factor

How to Create the Habit That Boosts Your Baby's Brain
By Rekha S. Rajan


224 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB

Trade Paper, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $25.99)

ISBN 9781641607667

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2022)
Parenting Press


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New neuroscience research is now showing us the long-term impact that reading aloud has on children—into adulthood.   We have always known that reading aloud is an important way to bond with your baby and develop language skills. But the latest research, led by author Rekha S. Rajan, shows that individuals who were read to more frequently as children showed a healthier brain in old age. Parents reading to their own child was a valuable and important part of supporting lifelong brain development.  The Read Aloud Factor gives parents and caretakers what they need to make read-alouds a regular and enjoyable part of the family routine. This innovative book shares the latest research on brain development, describes how reading aloud supports language and social-emotional development, and provides ideas for integrating STEAM practices of reading aloud with arts and technology. The scientific insight that inspired this project is distilled into accessible, actionable information for parents and educators on how to read aloud in an effective, engaging, and meaningful way.   The key to the book is its accessible approach, which combines findings from the most modern research to provide new pathways for parents and caregivers to support their baby's development.  Create a habit today that makes read-alouds the easiest, most joyful part of your family's day.  


"Dr. Rajan's insightful book shows us why reading with our babies and young children is developmentally essential and truly joyful. I hope parents all over the country and world will read this book!" —Eric Litwin, New York Times bestselling author of Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes

"Reading aloud is the key to healthy development right from the start of life. Babies benefit in many ways by hearing the sound of their loved ones reading. Not only is there love in the reading aloud experience, there is the foundation for neural, linguistic, and social development. The Read Aloud Factor is a joy to read and full of insight. Dr. Rajan affirms the primacy of early years for a lifetime of positive outcomes. We honour children by reading aloud from the beginning." —Raffi Cavoukian, CM, OBC, singer, author, Raffi Foundation for Child Honouring

"Reading aloud builds listening, imagining, and reading skills; it also builds a love for books in children. Children who are read to from birth have a huge advantage in school over their peers who miss these formative years. Rajan's book clearly explains why reading aloud is so important to the developing brain. I urge all parents to make the time to read to their children." —Alan Boyko, former president, Scholastic Book Fairs

Author Biography

Rekha S. Rajan, EdD, has been an educator for over twenty years and is a nationally recognized STEAM expert. She holds a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has masters degrees in both music education and early childhood education. Rajan's work has been featured with NPR, the National Head Start Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the California Alliance for Arts Education, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of multiple books and articles on how the arts, reading, and home-based experiences support children's development, and has several forthcoming children's titles. She lives in Chicago, IL.