Here's Chloe just jibber jabbering unintelligibly away as she flips through a playmobil magazine!
I love reading aloud to the kids. I have long advocated reading above their level. I think it spurs them to want to read for themselves and gives them the desire to read books that challenge their reading level when they do begin to read.
When I was pregnant with Mary I audited a class on teaching literature. This revealed to me the importance of reading aloud to children even when they are yet in the womb. I started up and have been reading aloud ever since. Some weeks and months more than others. I recently read an article that motivated me to read aloud more than I have been of late. My only problem now is - their level exceeds mine! Nice problem to have I guess.