Why reading and listening is important for kid’s development

Did you know that one of the very first steps in learning to read is listening along to a story?

Published 29/02/24 by Amy Blanchard

Why reading and listening is important for kid’s development

Research (yep, science) has shown that the combo of listening and reading can help improve your little one’s word recognition, comprehension, punctuation, fluency and vocabulary. That’s because hearing skilled readers read aloud helps them learn how words sound and sentences are formed. The more words a child is exposed to the bigger their vocabulary will be and the easier they’ll find learning to read. Result! It’s not just a fun activity, it’s laying great foundations for the rest of their lives. 

But wait, there’s more! It also helps to spark their creativity and imagination. Picture this: your kiddo hears a story on their Toniebox about an orange dragon named Zog soaring through the clouds, but when they see the illustrations in the book, suddenly Zog has big scales, gleaming eyes and a funny little grin. Reading along whilst listening, adds sooo many layers to their storytelling experience.

Our book-based Tonies come from a whole host of amazing authors like Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and Julia Donaldson. Let's take a look at some of our top read-along Tonies…

The Lion Inside 

The Lion Inside

The Lion Inside

Rachel Bright Series

£14.99

This rhyming Tonie tale includes three Rachel Bright stories: The Lion Inside, The Way Home for Wolf, and the Whale Who Wanted More. It’s full of valuable feel-good lessons about confidence and self-belief like the importance of friendship and how to be kind. It even has a short quiz at the end to see what little listeners and readers have learnt. Keep your eyes peeled for more Rachel Bright stories coming real soon!

The Gruffalo

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The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson

£14.99

We know that familiar characters are crucial in increasing the reader's enjoyment of a story and you can’t get more familiar than everyones favourite, The Gruffalo. For 25 years, little adventurers have wandered into the deep dark woods with a quick-witted mouse, an owl, a snake, a fox and a hungry Gruffalo. This classic tale from Julia Donaldson is the perfect book for early readers to brush up on their reading skills as they listen along to the Gruffalo Tonie.

Percy the Park Keeper

Percy

Percy

Percy the Park keeper

£14.99

This wildlife adventure Tonie explores all the changing seasons and animal habitats with a little help from the funny Park Keeper, Percy and his friends. The Tonie features seven books from the award-winning author and illustrator Nick Butterworth and each page and track is a fun journey into Percy’s adventures. It helps to spark little animal lover’s imaginations and helps them foster a love for reading. 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

£14.99

This full-length Tonie includes 30 chapters of the classic Roald Dahl tale of Charlie Bucket’s adventure in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The colourful characters like Augustus, Veruca, Violet and Mike offer plenty of mischief and humour as the story unfolds. You just can’t beat admiring the Quentin Blake illustrations in the book whilst listening along! 

The Wishing Chair

The Wishing Chair

The Wishing Chair

Enid Blyton

£14.99

This adaptation of Enid Blyton’s Adventures of The Wishing Chair is a true delight for imaginative young minds. This Tonie is about siblings Mollie and Peter, who discover a magic wishing chair in a mysterious antiques shop run by fairy folk. 

Happy reading and listening! 

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About Amy Blanchard

Amy Blanchard
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Amy’s favourite Tonie is Matilda. From a very young age, she was utterly obsessed with Matilda. She watched and read it so many times that she practically had the whole script memorised. As she grew older, she remained just like Matilda, a bookworm, a trickster, and a dreamer!