Reading is something enjoyed by all ages, but what is it about reading to a child that matters? What life lessons and skills are you instilling within your child by opening the door to a world of books? There are many reasons reading books to children is so important. To begin with, it opens the door to a world of imagination where anything can happen. Books open many doors for children and here are a few reasons why you should continue reading books to your children:
· Academic Success – studies have shown time and time again that children who were read to at a young age will continue reading long into their adult life and in turn have high rate of academic success.
· Higher Vocabulary – children who are read to from a young age and on actually have a higher vocabulary than those who weren’t read to at all. It seems books open the doors to the world of words, and children learn to use those words correctly.
· Bonding Time – when you sit with your child, no matter their age, and read a book together you are forming a lifetime bond over the love of books. This time spent reading together helps encourage your bond of parent and child.
· Promotes Imagination – in a world where society seems to push creativity out the door, imagination needs to be encouraged; reading books to children helps promote their vivid imaginations and allows them to be more creative adults.
· Life Lessons – there are many fictional and fun books for kids of all ages that have hidden life lessons in them, such as The Tortoise and the Hare, a longtime childhood favorite that shows anyone can succeed, no matter their size or speed.
· A Love of Books – reading to your children from a young age instills a love of books within them so they will begin to learn what genre of books they enjoy and soon enough you will find them curled up reading a book on their own as they get older.
Reading books to children matters because literature is a fantastic way to educate about history, magical places in faraway lands, and books are always a great escape from any stress the world places upon us. No matter how old your child is, consider starting a reading night where you both curl up and read together as a means to create an everlasting bond that is stemmed from a common place: the love of books.