Parents read to their deaf and hard of hearing children for the same reasons that parents read with hearing children. Reading together is fun! It is a chance for closeness, communication and sharing ideas. It helps children learn language and make discoveries about the world.
There are differences, however. A deaf child cannot look at the book and attend to parents' storytelling at the same time. A hard of hearing child benefits from visual support to go along with listening.
The time you spend together with books can be very special.
Books have pictures that are fun to point to, feel and look at. Every action is a chance to communicate with your baby.
Stories are part of what is called literate language. Nursery rhymes, finger plays, even peek-a-boo games are very short stories.
Someday, your baby will find print everywhere; in dictionaries, magazines, letters, books, e-readers, smart phones, laptops, televisions, street signs, billboards, grocery stores, etc. By reading with you, your baby can learn to expect different information from different kinds of print.