Fifteen Good Reasons to Read to a Child

Reading… 1. Builds a storehouse of information about the world outside of family and everyday experience. 2. Exposes children to words and sentence patterns that may not be part of their everyday speech. 3. Teaches children to distinguish between firsthand experiences and representations of experiences in books. 4. Teaches them social behavior that accompanies reading instruction in school. 5. Fosters the ability to listen. 6. Allows practice with oral turn-taking. 7. Teaches that books are for reading. 8. Helps children learn to focus conversation on the topic at hand. 9. Develops a sense of how stories are constructed. 10. Engages…

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