Reading with your children can provide several benefits, regardless of their age. The youngest children can benefit from someone reading to them. And even older kids who don’t like to read on their own – or who pretend they don’t like to hear stories – can become captivated when you actually dive into a book.
Develop listening and comprehension skills
Hearing you read a story helps children develop listening and comprehension skills. These are essential to developing reading skills. From the smallest baby to the oldest child, just a few minutes of reading a day can help them read well.
It also helps them with cognitive and language development. They typically develop problem-solving skills and a more extensive vocabulary. Many children considered “bright” have been read to from an early age. That’s not a coincidence – it shows a direct correlation.
And it’s important to understand that it’s never too late to improve cognitive function. Even adults need to keep working in this area to keep their minds sharp.
Reading with your kids is a chance to bond
Another great benefit of reading to your children is that it provides a chance to bond with your kids. For small children, Dr. Seuss is great for some silliness. So are books like Llama Llama Mad at Mama and Llama Llama Red Pajama.
If they’re older, anything by someone like author Daniel Handler is a great choice. Daniel Handler Lemony Snicket writes stories like Series of Unfortunate Events, which gives you and your kids an opportunity to discuss adventures and life-changing events.
In truth, it doesn’t matter exactly what you read to your children. The act of reading alone provides these benefits.
A few last words on book choice
It’s always more enjoyable for your kids if you let them pick out the book. They’ll be more invested in listening. And if you choose books that have been made into a movie, it can be a family night event after finishing the book.