Experts agree that reading with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships, amongst other advantages.
The importance of reading cannot be underestimated, as it benefits both their wellbeing and mental health. More importantly, reading with your child can be great fun.
This holiday season, we recommend purchasing your young ones a good book. Award-winning designer, author, and illustrator, Lisa Stickley should be on top of your list. Trained at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, her titles include The Wobbly Waitress, Bernard Makes A Splash! and Dress Like Mummy.
According to Stickley, her inspiration is found close to home. Inspired by her daughters’ everyday musings, her stories are told from a fresh untainted view of the world that children can relate to.
“The thing I love about children is they observe the tiniest stuff,” observed Stickley in an interview with Books with Baby. “We grown-ups are so busy nowadays, with work and social media.”
She also acknowledges the importance of encouraging children to enjoy reading as much as possible. “Before doing my books, I hadn’t drawn people for years,” she explains. “I was scared of it. So I sat down and had a proper look at artists and designers I loved, and tried to put myself in their shoes to get started. It freed me up and now I love it!”