Sure, reading aloud to your child is a good way to set him up for academic success later on in life. But the benefits of reading with your kid extend beyond academics. Story time can help expand your child’s imagination, prepare him for new life experiences, and even develop empathy. Basically? Reading can only benefit your kid’s development.
As a lifelong bookworm, I may be a bit biased toward the celebration of books. But don’t take my word for it: plenty of scientific studies back up these claims. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research proved a “causal effect between the frequency of reading to a child and his or her development.” Just a few minutes of daily reading can make an impact. And child care experts support reading as well. “[The] bigger picture now is to help parents build interactions with their children into their everyday lives because this can create nurturing relationships, which promote early brain development, early literacy, language development and school readiness,” Perri Klass, national medical director of Reach Out and Read, said in the American Academy of Pediatrics. From vocabulary growth to sensory development, books will only give your kid a boost.