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Top Ten Reasons To Read To Your Children

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Have you ever asked yourself, “Why is it important to read to children?” Teachers and daycare providers read to them already, so why should I read to them at home? According to an article in Child Development, by the age of two, children who are read to regularly demonstrate greater language comprehension, larger vocabularies, and higher cognitive skills than their peers.” These are only a few of the top reasons to read to children.

As an educator, I can easily pick out the children who are read to at home over those who aren’t. They have higher vocabularies at earlier ages. They also have a better attitude towards school and learning. Believe me, it stands out.

School has made us ‘literate’ but it did not teach us to read for pleasure.

Ambeth Ocampo

Parents shouldn’t rely on educators to help their children develop a love for reading. Educators are only with children for a short time. During that short time, they have to divide their attention among many other children.

Just in case you need some further convincing, here are ten more reasons why you need to read to your children.

Top Ten Reasons to Read to Your Children

1. Better Understanding

Children who read books have a better understanding of the world around them. They develop good cognitive abilities and score higher than their peers in this area. This counts for a higher overall intelligence.

2. They’ll Have A Higher Interest In Learning

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They’ll not only love to read, but they’ll love learning. By reading to children on a variety of subjects, they’ll learn about lots of different things. Vivid pictures and illustrations help to stimulate a child’s interest in learning. They’ll carry this interest throughout their lives.

3. It Strengthens Their Imagination

When you read to a child, they’re forced to visualize the scene in their minds. They not only learn about life in other worlds and cultures, but they can see these lives through their own minds. This helps them to use their imagination to create their own stories, sparking creativity.

4. It Helps Grow Attention Spans

Over time, reading to children helps to increase their attention spans longer than what’s normal for their ages. This will come in handy once they start school.

To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.

George Washington

5. It’s Free Entertainment


Just throwing that in there. Every little bit helps.

6. They’ll Stay In School

If you have dreams of little Johnny growing up to be a successful brain surgeon, read to him and you’ll help make that happen. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility reports that children growing up in homes with at least 20 books get three more years of schooling than those who don’t. This is regardless of race and class.

7. Children Want You To Read To Them

It’s natural. Children love to hear your voice while they snuggle against you as you read to them. Statistically, 83% of children who are read to loved it or liked it a lot. Another 85% said that it was a special time with their caregiver.

8. It Contributes to Social-Emotional Development

Children who hear stories learn to empathize with the characters. This teaches them to care about others. They have a chance to get in touch with their emotions. You can also use books to discuss difficult topics with your children such as divorce or grief.

9. They’ll Feel Better About Themselves

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Statistics prove that there is a link between confidence and literacy. It’s no accident that illiterate adults report higher cases of low self-esteem, poverty , reduced access to lifelong learning and personal development, and even greater workplace accidents.

10. You May Learn Something Too


Remember the cliche “knowledge is power”? You’re never too old to learn something. A great thing about children’s books today is that they cover a broad range of topics. Is there something that’s always interested you? See if there’s a children’s book on it and learn about it with your child. You can also explore other cultures and maybe even start learning another language.

By reading with your child, you’ll not only help grow their intelligence, but you’ll also create one-on-one time and memories that you’ll both cherish.

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Whitney Foster is an entrepreneur and educator from Cleveland, OH. She's a foodie and loves crafting, particularly crochet and cross stitching. She also loves children and learning about the world around her.

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