Even reading signs as you go places is great for kids, but it would be hard to do that for 15 minutes--outside of NY Times Square, at least. Here are some lists that might help you find books to read with your little--and not so little--one(s).
For age-based ideas for what to read AND tips on how to read to that age group, go to http://www.readaloud.org/bookselections.html.
For several annual lists organized by age group, go here: http://www.readaloudamerica.org/booklist.htm.
The "100 Best Read-Aloud Books" according to a parents and experts from Scholastic: http://www.scholastic.com/100BestReadAloudBooks/.
What are YOUR favorite read-alouds?
Brains are marvelous things. What are ways we can help children's brains develop? One big way is by reading to children daily, singing with them, and talking with them. Doing this helps kids develop language, vocabulary, and literacy skills. It also helps them associate reading with their favorite people--family members and caregivers--from a very young age. Children also learn information from books--from colors to how excavators work. From the time kids are born, their brains are hungry for information and language. Feed their brains by reading to them at least 15 minutes a day! You will be glad you did!
I will post several more times about this topic with information from readaloud.org. I will also be Tweeting as this is Picture Book Month! You can follow me on Twitter: @MrsBrakenbury.